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PAOC Statement on Assisted Suicide

(Pictured at left: Bruce Clemenger, President of the EFC, making a statement on 100 Huntley Street.)

There have been a number of enquiries and understandable concern regarding the Supreme Court's decision on assisted suicide (Carter v. Canada (Attorney General)).

Through the PAOC’s direct involvement/participation with EFC (The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada), we have been engaged with them through this and other current matters. The EFC has been an intervener in the case and has published helpful statements before and after (see below). Please feel free to communicate these within your context. The PAOC will remain linked with the EFC as we continue to respond.

Prayerfully seeking justice and mercy for all,

Dave Wells,
General Superintendent
The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada

Case Summary (from the EFC website):

The Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) case has led to the striking down of Canada’s laws that prohibit assisting someone to commit suicide. The federal government now has until February 2016 to introduce legislation to regulate when and how assisted suicide can be legally practised.

This case was heard at several courts, with the final appeal heard October 15, 2014 and the Supreme Court’s decision released February 6, 2015. The EFC was an intervener in the case.

EFC Resources and Commentary

Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: Where Do We Go From Here?, Bruce Clemenger, February 10, 2015

EFC Letter to the Minister of Justice, February 11, 2015

Response to Supreme Court decision, Feb. 6, 2015

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