PETER BAKLINSKI lifesitenews.com The Quebec government is one step closer to decriminalizing euthanasia as “medical aid in dying” after Bill 52 passed its second reading today with an 84 to 26 “vote in principle” at the National Assembly, with none abstaining. “Quebec does not have the jurisdiction to do what they’re saying they’re going to do,” Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition told LifeSiteNews.com. “They’re talking about legalizing euthanasia redefined as ‘medical treatment’ but in fact it is part of the Criminal Code.” “Quebec does not have the jurisdiction to do what they’re saying they’re going to do,” Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition told LifeSiteNews.com. The bill’s pushers defined today’s vote as a “vote in principle” so that those who disagree with the wording of the bill, but agree with euthanasia itself, could vote in favour of the bill with a view to having parts of the bill amended, said Schadenberg. A Quebec government committee released a report in March 2012 titled “Dying with Dignity” calling on the National Assembly to legalize euthanasia, or in its words, “to recognize medical aid in dying as an appropriate end to life option.” Hundreds of Quebec physicians quickly formed an alliance to convey their outrage to the government over the pending legislation, calling euthanasia through lethal injection “not a form of care, but rather the definitive end of all care.” Quebec’s move towards allowing doctors to kill their patients as a “medical” act disregards the federal Criminal Code, which prohibits such practices. to read more click here: lifesitenews.com
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