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Quebec Passes Law Allowing Assisted Suicide

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Aleteia - published on 06/06/14 - updated on 06/07/17

Bill passes with large majority in national assembly.

It’s known as an act respecting end-of-life care, but to people like Alex Schadenberg, it’s bad news.

The Québec National Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to pass Bill 52, which legalizes physician-assisted suicide in the province. The vote as 94-22, with no abstentions.

Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition said in a statement: “Let’s be clear,Bill 52 gives Québec physicians the right to intentionally and directly cause the death of persons by lethal injection. This represents an act of homicide and not an act of “end of life care.”

“Bill 52 claims to limit euthanasia to voluntary requests from people who are at the end of life but Bill 52 does not define end of life,” he said. “Québekers should not trust their life to the provisions in Bill 52, which are imprecise, open to abuse and based on the Belgian euthanasia law. In Belgium, euthanasia is being done to people who are not terminally ill but living with depression, euthanasia has been extended to children and studies have proven that euthanasia is often done to people without request.”

LifeNews.com pointed out that the Québec government re-introduced Bill 52 even after people with disabilities and palliative care leaders strongly opposed the bill.

CBCNews reported that Liberal Christine St-Pierre was one of the 22 who voted against Bill 52.

"I don’t believe it’s right to give [anyone] the power to kill somebody," St-Pierre said.

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