Critics of proposed euthanasia legislation get international support

Left to right: Dr Etienne Montero, the dean of the faculty of law at a major university in Belgium, and Montreal's Dr. Paul Saba are leading the charge against euthanasia legislation in their respective countries.

It seems there's support for critics of Quebec's proposed euthanasia legislation.

In Montreal Sunday, Dr. Etienne Montero, the dean of the faculty of law at a major university in Belgium, said such a law in his country has been a failure. The law was first put into place 11 years ago.

"I think that society has put itself in danger with this law and that euthanasia has been trivialized", declared the law specialist. "I would say the endeavour is a failure."

A fervent critic of the province's Bill 53 is Montreal's Dr. Paul Saba. He says Dr. Etienne Montero is right.

"Controls and safeguards do not work. Their expereince in Belgium was there were very fixed criteria, but very soon afterwards they got larger and larger You can't set boundaries with something like euthanisia. The very concept of law prevents us from setting very strict boundaries", said Saba.

"When you first open that door ever so slightly, it's then constantly pushed open further and further", added Dr. Montero.

Belgian lawmakers will apparently pass a law to euthanize children.

Photo credit: Chris Nardi

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