Overall, Unitarians express a clear desire to have choice in the manner of their dying.
The principles of the Unitarian religion strongly support the right of individuals to make choices for themselves and of the need for the larger community to respect those choices. Our principles also lift up the inherent worth and dignity of human beings, which we consistently interpret as a call to improve and preserve the quality of life. A large majority of Unitarians hold that these principles guide us to a position of supporting the widespread calls in Canada for the legalization of assisted suicide or euthanasia.
June 1, 1994 Conclusion from the South Fraser Unitarian Congregation: Death and Dying: A Study Guide for Unitarians, (CUC, 1992)
Actions and Issues
After five years as head of the advocacy organization, fighting for the right to end of life choice for all Canadians, Wanda Morris has passed the title of CEO of Dying with Dignity on to Shanaaz Gokool. The two will … Continue reading
An expert judicial panel appointed by the government of Quebec released their report January 15, 2013. This report moves the province one step closer to legalized medical aid-in-dying by the summer of 2013. At issue is the fact that the … Continue reading
The Canadian Unitarian Council celebrates the landmark decision of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Madam Justice Lynn Smith found in favour of Gloria Taylor, a B.C. woman who has ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and is one of five … Continue reading
The CUC has been granted intervenor status in a nationally important case on dying with dignity, being heard by the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Status was granted based on our long history of advocacy work on this topic.