We are excited to announce three local screenings of the new ‘Fatal Flaws’ documentary, which will take place in Erin, Fergus, and Guelph in September and October.
The documentary ‘Fatal Flaws‘ is a thought-provoking journey through Europe and North America that asks one of the most fundamental philosophical questions of our time: should we be giving doctors the right in law to end the life of others by euthanasia or assisted suicide?
Filmmaker Kevin Dunn uses powerful testimonies and expert opinion from both sides of the issue to uncover how these highly disputed laws affect society over time.
So far, this film has had a significant impact. “I had always hoped this film would be a game-changer,” says Kevin Dunn, director of the film. One impressive example of this happened in May of this year.
A screening of Fatal Flaws was held in Guernsey, in the Channel Islands, days before a vote on the issue of assisted suicide. If it had passed, Guernsey would have become the first location in the British Isles to legalize assisted suicide. One of the government representatives who would be voting came to a screening, and it completely changed his mind on the issue. As a result, assisted suicide was not legalized.
We are now facing the impact of legalized assisted suicide & euthanasia in Canada, and have seen almost 4,000 Canadians die as a result. The most recent government report on assisted suicide & euthanasia, detailing July to December of 2017, shows that over 1500 Canadians ended their lives with the help of a doctor during this span of time – a 30% increase from the last six-month period.
As we’ve seen in Belgium and the Netherlands, legalization of assisted suicide can often begin with stringent requirements that become broader as the years go on. In Canada, we may soon be faced with legalized euthanasia & assisted suicide for minors and those with mental illness.
A recent article from England highlighted the story of a man with Borderline Personality Disorder who is requesting assisted suicide from the Dignitas centre in Switzerland. He would not be the first person with a mental health struggle to have his life ended prematurely by Dignitas (see here and here).
That same article highlights the fact that, rather than just being a personal choice, this kind of decision can have a ripple effect on family, friends, and society:
“Suicide and assisted suicide or euthanasia are generally talked about as if they were completely separate, but as… testimony shows, someone taking their own life by any means has a devastating effect on family and wider society. In addition, contrary to what some people claim, legalising assisted suicide actually increases the overall suicide rate.”
It’s more important than ever to become well-educated on this topic, share information with friends and family, and become involved with protecting life in Canada.
The documentary screenings in Erin, Fergus, and Guelph this September and October are an excellent way to learn more about this important issue. We encourage you to attend, and bring family and friends. Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition will be at the Guelph & Fergus screenings on October 18 & 20 to answer questions. For more information, contact our office.
Erin: September 22 – St. John Brebeuf Catholic Church, 6:30pm, 26 Millwood Rd. For information, contact the Right to Life office.
Fergus: October 18 – Fergus North Canadian Reformed Church, 7:30pm, 6534 1 Line, Fergus. Featuring guest speaker Alex Schadenberg. For information, contact the Right to Life office.
Guelph: October 20 – Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate (Parish Hall), 11:30am. Brunch & screening featuring guest speaker Alex Schadenberg. Tickets are $10 each. For information, e-mail the Basilica Catholic Women’s League at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 519-824-7797.
Please note: these screenings have now taken place, but there may be more scheduled in the Guelph area for November 2018. Contact our office for information.