A Catholic Response to Bill C-7

Salt + Light Media

November 17, 2020
The time of COVID-19 has reminded us how important it is to care for each other – especially for the elderly and most vulnerable. Furthermore, we have been forced to understand that limiting certain individual liberties is sometimes necessary for the common good.
At the same time, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) – which was decriminalized in Canada in 2016 – is now under consideration for expansion. Bill C-7 was reintroduced to Parliament on October 5. If it passes, it would mean that most of the safeguards that were deemed necessary in 2016 would now be removed.
In order to understand this better, we spoke with Bishop William McGrattan of Calgary and Dr. Moira McQueen of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute.
You can read Bill C-7 here. And to read the statements from our bishops on euthanasia, visit the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
To learn more about this issue, read:
The Euthanasia Expansion: Bill C-7
and The Euthanasia Expansion.