Pro-life advocates in Canada are mobilizing against proposals to broaden euthanasia laws, especially concerning patients with mental illness.

This comes as the Canadian government has decided to delay the expansion of its Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) program until 2027, amid concerns the health system isn’t adequately prepared for such a change.

The postponement by the government has not been seen as a victory by all, however. The proposed expansion of MAID to include individuals suffering solely from mental illness has been contentious, with many advocating for increased mental health resources instead and
palliative care that respects the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.

Canada’s Catholic bishops have also been vocal in their opposition, saying that the government remains committed to eventually implementing these changes. Bishop William McGrattan said that “despite the opposition…the federal government remains fully committed to implementing this legislation.” 

“Euthanasia and assisted suicide (MAID) have always been, and will always be, morally unacceptable because they are affronts to human dignity and violations of natural and divine law,” the bishops said. They advocate for an increased investment in mental health resources, emphasizing the importance of supporting individuals in crisis rather than offering euthanasia as a solution.

The Catholic Church in Canada continues to stand firm in its belief in the sanctity of life, from conception to natural death.

Pray for the protection of life in Canada!


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