Freedom was and is hard fought for

Dear Editor,

Liberty, what is it? Today we still have the freedom to write our thoughts on a public platform without retribution.

Enjoy it while you can.

Freedom was and is hard fought for. Many died so we could live. Do we take that life for granted? Do we have the ‘freedom’ today to take our lives voluntarily? Do we need laws now to protect lives?

Apparently so. These laws however are under attack. Whilst the named COVID-19 pandemic goes on, the current government is trying to pass changes in existing Bills (like Bill C7), whilst people’s minds are being saturated with the COVID-19 situation. Just watch any news station and you hear the same ‘facts’ and stories over and over again.

In the meantime the battle over Bill C7 goes on in the political stage, whether a government website keeps up with it or not.

Amendments to Bill C7 WILL allow less protection for our vulnerable. The individual mentioned in the March 10, 2021 of this paper (Don’t let others

“control” our lives) is Dr. Luke Savage, a highly respected physician in Three Hills, and I thank him wholeheartedly for taking a stand for life.

My late husband Tim was dependent on the medical system for 31 years as a quadriplegic. He did not choose that condition. Did he choose to live in a paralyzed body? Yes. He went through dark moments in his life, but not once did he consider to have the assistance of an outsider to end his life. For that is what euthanasia, assisted suicide, or now renamed MAID (Medical Assistance In Dying) requires. He didn’t let others think for him, but was thankful to God to have people around him that supported and encouraged him. There are those who don’t have the same strength of conviction or capability of mind in their moments of despair. It is these people we need to protect. We need laws in place that give people a chance to change their minds.

To allow others to encourage them.

To let them know they are highly valued.

Mentally ill people need laws that reflect their lives as being valued by society.

If no solid laws are in place to protect people’s lives, we could end up with some medical staff who may no longer care about the sanctity of life, and could easily ‘encourage’ their patients to end their lives as there would be no law to punish such actions.

My husband had the chance to live a fulfilled life despite his many limitations and struggles. I would even go so far as to say because of it.

Yours Sincerely,

Gerry Dormain

Three Hills, AB