In Canada, Justice Lynn Smith of the B.C. Supreme Court is considering an attempt by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association to overturn Canada’s ban on euthanasia and assisted suicide and the public debate is heating up. Last week, Canada’s Campaign Life Coalition launched a month-long national media campaign expected to reach over 3.2 million viewers with 60-second TV ads running on the Sun News Network from Jan. 6-29. Here is their latest ad warning Canadians about the slippery slope that has already been experienced in Holland:
Most people who claim to support for assisted suicide say they do so for very limited cases of terminally ill patients in unbearable pain. But, to quote assisted suicide advocate and well-respected British philosopher Lady Warnock, once killing becomes an accepted, legal “treatment” to relieve human suffering, “it is irrational to confine it to those who are terminally ill” – and then it wouldn’t make sense that it should only be administered at the patient’s request.
Speaking of what “most people” think, results from a poll were published last month showing that 67% of Canadians do support overturning their country’s ban on assisted suicide. That’s a staggering number, but Diane Coleman, founding President of the Disability Rights group Not Dead Yet, suggests that, because of the superficial and often misleading poll questions, it’s not a true representation of the public’s assisted suicide views.
It will definitely be interesting to see how this turns out. Ms. Coleman might not think that those numbers are accurate, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were. We are developing a very pro suicide culture here in the West, a dark cavernous autonomy of individuals that undermines society and brings death to the soul of civilization. Let’s pray that the Canada does not bow to the altar of radical autonomy and continues to protect the weak members of its society by upholding its ban on assisted suicide.
Related: Suicide for Everyone – On Demand!