Human life is a wondrous and beautiful gift of God. Since God has created members of the human race in His image and likeness, every man, woman and child is endowed with an inalienable dignity. As Pope Benedict taught in his first homily as our Holy Father, each individual person is willed, loved, and necessary in the sight of God.
In our country, we are witnesses to the sad truth that human dignity is not always honoured. The obvious and most tragic example of this is abortion. It is manifest also in embryonic stem cell research, which destroys a human embryo, and in the promotion of euthanasia and assisted suicide. These practices call us to speak out clearly in defence of life.
Richard W. Smith
Archbishop of Edmonton
Say "No" to Euthansia and Assisted Suicide
Say "No" to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
Abridged version of a brief presented to the Collège des Médecins du Québec, August 30 2009, by Joseph Ayoub, m.d., André Bourque, m.d., Catherine Ferrier, m.d., François Lehmann, m.d. and José Morais, m.d.. The brief has also been endorsed by a significant number of physicians in the province of Québec.
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