Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Canada

The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph 2277, states: “Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.”

However, a recent decision by the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled that the law prohibiting assisted suicide is unconstitutional. The judge gave the Canadian Parliament one year in which to draft legislation allowing euthanasia and assisted suicide. This ruling, coupled with last year’s request by the Select Committee on Dying with Dignity to the Quebec government to legalize medical assistance in dying, leads Canada in a very dangerous direction, towards a culture of death.

The Government of Canada has decided to appeal all aspects of the British Columbia Supreme Court decision. We agree with the statement by Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson, that the current legislation protects all Canadians, especially those who are most vulnerable.

For more information on the Church’s teachings, click here.

For questions and answers on euthanasia, assisted suicide and dying with dignity, click here.

For information on what you can do to help our legislators to act wisely and morally on this issue, click here.