El­derly next to die in heart­less sys­tem

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

It is be­com­ing ap­par­ent that the prime min­is­ter, like his father, Pierre Trudeau, sup­ports the de­struc­tion of un­born chil­dren. Pierre Trudeau, in 1969, re­moved abor­tion from the crim­i­nal code re­sult­ing in the deaths of over six mil­lion fu­ture Cana­di­ans. His son, Justin, now wants to fur­ther the dec­i­ma­tion of un­born Cana­di­ans by set­ting up abor­tion clin­ics in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas of Canada (also P.E.I.).

When a govern­ment en­dorses and ac­tively pro­motes vi­o­lence against un­born chil­dren, one won­ders what their re­sponse will be to the Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion to le­gal­ize eu­thana­sia and doc­tor as­sisted sui­cide.

Le­gal­iza­tion of eu­thana­sia and as­sisted sui­cide will ul­ti­mately lead to the next most vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers (el­derly, hand­i­capped, ter­mi­nally ill) of our so­ci­ety be­com­ing in­no­cent vic­tims of a cold and heart­less sys­tem where doc­tors and/or health care pro­fes­sion­als de­cide whether they are to live or die (read about Hol­land’s ex­pe­ri­ence).

An in­ter­est­ing ob­ser­va­tion comes to mind: are the thou­sands of refugees now flood­ing into Canada re­ally com­ing to a safer en­vi­ron­ment? There are no guns/bombs; the killing here is much more so­phis­ti­cated and in­sid­i­ous. Maybe th­ese new­com­ers will be the cat­a­lyst that will bring our coun­try out of the cul­ture of death to a so­ci­ety that re­spects and pro­tects life in all its stages from con­cep­tion to nat­u­ral death. Betty Ma­cAulay, Souris

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