In a development billed as a “mini-victory” by a pro-life leader, Quebec’s bill allowing doctors to kill their patients as “medical aid in dying” missed its vote at the National Assembly on Thursday, reports LifeSiteNews.
There is a chance the bill may not make it to a final vote as the legislature is now on a two week recess and observers are predicting the governing Parti Quebecois will call an election.
Isabelle O’Connor of Groupe Vivere, an organization educating the public and politicians on palliative care and adoption, called yesterday a “mini- victory.”
“On February 20, something that no one could ever have foretold happened, something we had been praying for the past weeks, some kind of an unexpected ‘blunder out of left field’: Bill 52 was, ironically, involuntarily euthanized,” she told LifeSiteNews.com.
“We witnessed yesterday a historical set-back for the culture of death in Quebec, one we have to build upon,” said Georges Buscemi, president of Campaigne Quebec Vie, to LifeSiteNews.com.
“Through lobbying but also prayer and sacrifice we did everything to jamb the gears of this seemingly unstoppable machine and actually stopped it for a moment. It showed that our efforts and our prayers actually worked.”
O’Connor said a “very special series of circumstances” resulted in the bill missing its vote.