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Hospice and palliative care.

Toronto -- A discussion paper pre pared by the Canadian Hospital and Palliative Care Association is being circulated and discussed with respect to euthanasia and assisted suicide. The Catholic Civil Rights League of Canada (CCRL) is concerned that the association could be moving from a position against euthanasia to adopting a neutral position on the issue. "This could be a first step to more active support for the so-called mercy killing of terminally ill or disabled persons," according to a news update from the CCRL.

The president of the Windsor-Essex chapter of the CCRL met with the local hospice organization, which insisted that it was "unthinkable that the hospice organization would change its traditional, unconditional opposition to active euthanasia" (CCRL news update, Feb. 16, 2007).

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Members of the CCRL and others are encouraged to contact their local hospices and other care associations, to discuss this respect for life issue (www.ccrl.ca).
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