Parliamentarians, who defeated a bill to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide last spring, are now stuyding what pushes people to want to kill themselves in order to develop positive alternatives, such as palliative care, support for people with disabilities and the elderly. This is a hugely encouraging development, another sign that pro-life forces are shaking things up.
“It’s not enough simply to oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia,” said Harold Albrecht (Kitchener-Conestoga), the Conservative co-chair of a new Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care (PCPCC). “We have to go deeper than that and ask why people are even considering it. … How can we improve the palliative care in our country so that the question won’t even need to be asked?” (Source)
This is a brilliant move. After all, people desiring to end their life must be undergoing extreme suffering and distress. If we have any compassion, we should support them. This should primarily be done by family and friends, but to the extent that health care services can be improved to help, then we should do it.
For once that MPs are doing the right thing, please take a moment to thank them.