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COLF opposes Bill C-407: “Eliminate the suffering and not the patient, the pain and not the dying person”

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In a letter to all Members of Parliament and Senators, the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) expresses its strong opposition to Bill C-407, an Act to Amend the Criminal Code (right to die with dignity). COLF condemns “this new attempt to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide,” because it “clearly contradicts fundamental Canadian values and constitutes a real threat to the most vulnerable members of our society.”

COLF is calling elected representatives to reject Bill C-407 and instead encourage the government to devote more resources to home care, palliative care and research on pain control, in order to respect the inherent and inviolable worth and dignity of each human life: “It is necessary to eliminate the suffering and not the patient, the pain and not the dying person. A government which authorizes the murder of some of its citizens associates its country with a practice unworthy of a civilized nation.”

COLF has just published a new brochure —Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Urgent Questions!— that answers 14 key questions and illuminates the true human meaning of the words “compassion” and “dignity.”

Copies of this brochure are available from the COLF offices at 2500 Don Reid Drive, Ottawa, ON K1H 2J2. Tel.: (613) 241-9461, ext. 161; Fax: (613) 241-9048; E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

COLF is co-sponsored by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Supreme Council of the Knights of Columbus. It promotes respect for human life and dignity and the essential role of the family.

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For More Information Contact:
Sylvain Salvas
Director, Communications Service
Tel: (613) 241-9461
Fax: (613) 241-9048
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Last Updated on Thursday, April 27 2006  
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