Bill 52 ADOPTED – EUTHANASIA IS LEGALIZED IN QUÉBEC
COLF calls Christians to be Audacious Witnesses
By a vote of 94 to 22, the members of Québec’s National Assembly have adopted the death-dealing Bill 52, somewhat ironically called an “Act respecting end-of-life”. June 5, 2014, will now go down as one of the saddest days in the history of “La belle province”. Masked as “medical aid in dying”, euthanasia is now legal in Québec.
For those citizens who respect the dignity of every human person, from conception to natural death, this event represents a call of unprecedented urgency, a call to take a stand in defense of those groups who will resist and challenge this new law. This is also a strong call to demand quality palliative care for all Quebecers who need to be accompanied with compassion until their natural death. We must always remember that-- even from a narrowly humanistic point of view-- that which is legal is not necessarily moral.
For Christians, walking in the footsteps of the Risen One, who has already won the ultimate victory over all evil – including the evil. of euthanasia – this devastating law calls us to become witnesses in word and deed. Like the first Christians, we must be audacious in speaking with our family members, friends and colleagues at work on the subject of euthanasia; we must also make ourselves more available to walk with and support the vulnerable people God places on our path.
Our main inspiration for defending the life and dignity of each person are the words of Jesus:
“Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me” (Matthew: 25: 40 NRSV).