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Sunday, November 15, 2009

The Reason that Miss Marprelate was AWOL..

She was at The Manning Centre for Building Democracy's Wilberforce Weekend Ottawa, an anti-euthanasia conference which she had the privilege of event blogging.

The euthanasia topic is coming to the front in Canada because of Bill C-384 which is seeking to legalize it.

One of the most important points this conference stressed was how uninformed and misinformed people are about this life-and-death issue. It is extremely important that everyone get clear and accurate information about it so they understand what euthanasia is (and is not), that almost no one needs to suffer unbearable pain, how euthanasia opens vulnerable people to abuse and coercion, etc.

70% of people in Canada support euthanasia, almost certainly many support it because they don't understand what the word means and they are beset by fears. Fear of being alone, fear of pain, fear of dying, fear of abuse, fear of losing control, fears of every type. Most, if not all, of these issues can be solved without killing the patient and that is what we need to focus on.

I must say I was very impressed with the quality of the conference, it was just brilliantly put together. You came away from it feeling like you knew a great deal more about what it takes to launch a successful campaign or coalition, on any issue, than when you came in.


  1. Great work!!! So nice to meet you, and happy to have found your work on the web!!

    Bests, Mark Mostert

  2. Rebekah - THANK YOU for this blog - it is almost of Hansard quality (verbatim transcripts of proceedings in legislatures) in its thoroughness. This is a great service that I trust will facilitate ongoing wise and gracious conversation and advocacy.