Dear Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Honourable Minister Bibeau, and Honourable Minister Monsef,
As a research institute dedicated to researching the short and long term effects of abortion on women, men, and families worldwide, we are greatly concerned with your recent decision to include abortion related procedures in the $650 million to be allocated towards women’s health and rights around the world.
This past year we had a number of public events, speaking engagements and discussions with the public on major life issues including abortion, women’s health, palliative care, conscience rights for medical professionals, and assisted suicide.
On June 1st, Andrew Coyne's article "Finger points of consent missing in assisted suicide bill" appeared in the National Post. In this article, Andrew comments on the pivotal role that consent and autonomy play in the debate on assisted suicide. He uses It's Not That Simple to support his argument that consent is not always present in countries with legalized euthanasia or assisted suicide and that the proposed safeguards will not be sufficient to protect vulnerable people. With a firm grasp on the arguments used to support assisted suicide, Andrew says:
Published Friday, April 22nd 2016
Toronto Sun, Calgary Sun, Ottawa Sun, Winnipeg Sun and Edmonton Sun.
Prof. Ian Gentles, Research Director of the DeVeber Institutes for Bioethics and Social Research