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Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide:
Questions of Life and Death

On November 4, 2015, the Archdiocese hosted an information evening on the topics of euthanasia and assisted suicide, featuring guest speakers Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and Dr. Moira McQueen of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute. If you missed hearing them in person, check out the videos!

What does legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide really look like? Alex paints some disturbing pictures of what has happened in other jurisdictions and asks: could it happen here in Canada?

Dr. McQueen raises some difficult ethical questions around the prospect of  legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. What will be the safeguards against abuse? Can consent be genuinely given by children or people with dementia? Will doctors who have devoted their careers to saving lives now be forced to participate in ending lives? 

The Archbishop's Message

Human life is a wondrous and beautiful gift of God. Since God has created members of the human race in His image and likeness, every man, woman and child is endowed with an inalienable dignity. As Pope Benedict taught in his first homily as our Holy Father, each individual person is willed, loved, and necessary in the sight of God.

In our country, we are witnesses to the sad truth that human dignity is not always honoured. The obvious and most tragic example of this is abortion. It is manifest also in embryonic stem cell research, which destroys a human embryo, and most recently, in the promotion of legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide. These practices call us to speak out clearly in defence of life.

✠ Richard W. Smith
Archbishop of Edmonton