For the past two years, my crew and I have travelled to Belgium, The Netherlands, Canada and the USA to explore the impact euthanasia and assisted suicide laws have on families and society – for a new film called “Fatal Flaws” which we hope to release in the spring of 2018. It’s been an incredible journey to say the least. And we are still in production.
Wherever you stand on the issue, it’s impossible to ignore the cultural shift in attitude towards euthanasia and assisted suicide. What was once considered murder under the law is now being accepted as medical ‘treatment’ in many countries. However, even the most ardent promoters of these laws are now saying the ‘genie is out of the bottle’ and are severely questioning where these laws have taken society.
We’ve all heard the tragic and much publicized stories of people who have chosen an assisted death. Tragic indeed. However, this film will focus on stories seldom heard in mainstream media: testimonies from those whose lives have been dramatically affected by a culture that sees ‘killing’ as a form of ‘caring.’ To be clear, the pro-euthanasia lobby cringes when I use words like ‘murder’ or ‘killing’ in my interviews. One group asked me not to use the term ‘assisted suicide’ as it might offend. One national broadcaster didn’t want me using the term ‘euthanasia’. However, I prefer to stay away from euphemisms when dealing with such important issues as life and death. Especially after hearing stories such as Margreet’s, whose mother was euthanized without request.
Here, we travel to St. Anthony, Newfoundland, Canada to interview 25 year old Candice Lewis and her mother Sheila Elson. Here they tell me how, during emergency hospital stay, doctors tried to pressure Candice into to an assisted death. One year later, Candice – who lives with Cerebral Palsy – is back doing what she loves most, painting and spending time with her family.
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-Kevin Dunn, Producer/Director
“Fatal Flaws” is a DunnMedia Production in association with The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and supporters from all around the world. Please consider making a donation to the film by clicking here.