As many with our community are aware from news reports, the Supreme Court has given Parliament until early June to pass legislation to permit assisted suicide for certain people who have grievous and irremediable medical conditions. The Parliamentary Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying is currently performing consultations and will report back to Parliament at the end of this month with its recommendations. Numerous faith communities and the disability community are highly engaged in urging Parliament to respond with legislation which upholds the sanctity of life, includes stringent safeguards against abuses, and provides for universally accessible palliative care so that no one will feel 'forced' to 'choose' assisted suicide.
The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, the umbrella organization for Canadian evangelicals including the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada of which our church is a part, has partnered with the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops in drafting an ecumenical Declaration on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. The Declaration is online and electronic petition signatures are being collected which will be submitted to Parliament together with the Declaration shortly (by some reports, by this Saturday, February 6).
If this topic is important to you, we invite you to follow the link below to the Declaration, and to consider adding your signature via the link at the bottom if you are in agreement.