The Supreme Court of Canada in a unanimous decision of the nine Justices in a breathtaking act of judicial, arrogant, imprudence have removed the protection of the law from the most vulnerable members of the community, the seriously ill and the disabled. The Court has concluded that their lives are not worth protecting. The citizens of Canada should now rise up in anger and demand that their Parliament now legislate with urgency to overthrow the unprincipled and callous decision of this arrogant Court which violates the Canadian Constitution.
Why are many of our Churches silent? This is a further wake-up call for all New Zealanders. We must be alert and active to ensure that the culture of death that is being unleashed on Canada is not unleashed on the most vulnerable members of our community. Be aware that the Labour Party is threatening to bring into Parliament similar legislation here. The price of life is constant vigilance.
The Supreme Court decision strikes down the Rodriquez decision of 1993, which proclaimed the state’s obligation to “protect the vulnerable” which outweighed the rights of the individual to self-determination. Canada now joins the Netherlands and Belgium which have laws that allows doctors to assist in the suicide of their patients.
The Supreme Court said that assisted suicide would be allowed in the case of consenting adults who are suffering intolerably from a severe and incurable medical condition, whether physical or psychological, and the illness does not have to be terminal. It is the patient who decides if the pain is intolerable. Last year in Holland a woman who said that she was fearful of going into a retirement home was given a lethal injection by a doctor. The decision takes effect in 12 months. This decision means that the mentally ill, the disabled and lonely, the chronically ill, and the dying may now be murdered by their doctor.
Life and family leaders in Canada have warned LifeSiteNews that the decision has opened a Pandora’s Box in Canada that will bring into the country the same kind of abuses happening in other jurisdictions.
“In striking down Rodriguez, our highest court told Canadians today that the lives of the weak, infirm, and vulnerable are not worth protecting. The court in essence decided that some people are better off dead than alive and gave power to those who are strong to end the lives of those who are weak. This is a terrible day of shame for Canada,” said Jim Hughes, national president of Campaign Life Coalition, to LifeSiteNews.
Amy Hasbrouck, Director of Not Dead Yet, was disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the assisted suicide laws and said that evidence from other studies shows that more people die of assisted suicide than are being reported.
Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Alex Schadenberg, called it a “terrible decision.”..“Legalizing assisted suicide will create new paths of abuse of elders, people with disabilities and other socially devalued people. The scourge of elder abuse in our culture continues to grow,” he told LifeSiteNews.
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