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World Congress of Families Proud to Co-Sponsor Anti-Euthanasia Symposium

Contact: Don Feder, 508-405-1337, dfeder@rcn.com; Lisa Youngblood, 815-964-5819, lisa@worldcongress.org; both with World Congress of Families 

ROCKFORD, Ill., May 3, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- World Congress is proud to be a co-sponsor of the Third - International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Vancouver, BC - June 3 - 4, 2011 at the Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel. The Symposium has been officially designated a WCF Regional event.

World Congress of Families Managing Director Larry Jacobs observed: "The World Congress of Families has always stood for the right to life from conception to natural death. As such, we strongly oppose euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide on ethical as well as practical grounds. We're delighted to endorse this major international symposium dealing with issues so important to families and society."

Jacobs also noted that the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, the Symposium's Sponsor, is a World Congress of Families Partner.

Speakers at the Symposium include: Linda Couture - Vivre dans la Dignité (Life With Dignity), Quebec; Gordon MacDonald - Care Not Killing, Scotland; Dr. Christopher Ryan - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of British Columbia; Dr. Peter Saunders - Care Not Killing, UK; Paul Russell - Hope, Australia; Alex Schadenberg - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Canada; Henk Rietsma - Cry For Life, Netherlands; Marilyn Golden - Disability Research Defense Education Fund, California; Krista Flint - Inclusive Humanity, Canada; Steven Passmore - Canadian disability activist; Ronda Wiebe - Council of Canadians with Disabilities; Dr. Margaret Cottle - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, Canada; Margaret Dore - Elder Law Attorney, Seattle; Hugh Scher - constitutional lawyer; Nick Goiran - MLC, Western Australia; Montana State Senator Greg Hinckle and the Canadian Parliamentary Committee on Palliative and Compassionate Care - Harold Albrecht, MP, Joe Comartin, MP; and Michelle Simpson, MP.

Besides World Congress of Families, Co-Sponsors include: Care Not Killing Alliance (UK), Physicians for Compassionate Care (US) and Human Life International (also a WCF Partner). A full list of Co-Sponsors is on Symposium brochure (link below).

Speakers will address such timely topics as disability rights, palliative care, legal consequences and political considerations, as well as national and regional efforts prevent euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and the Symposium Chairman urges: "Society is facing a continuous onslaught of attacks on the vulnerable under the veneer of freedom and choice. Learn how others have successfully defeated the euthanasia lobby politically and how we are effectively working together to defeat it internationally at the Third International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, in Vancouver, Canada, June 3-4."

Click here to see event brochure and registration form or go to: www.euthanasiaprevention.on.ca/symposium.pdf.   The registration fee is: $199 regular or $149 for a student or a person with a disability (does not include banquet fee).

The Friday night banquet is $50.00. Special room rates available at the Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel.

The Vancouver Symposium is one of six regional events World Congress of Families is sponsoring or co-sponsoring this year. Click here for April 29 press release, "World Congress of Families to Hold Regional Events in Riga, Sydney, Vancouver, London, Moscow and Lagos in Next Three Months."

To learn more about World Congress of Families, click here or go to: www.worldcongress.org.  To schedule an interview with Larry Jacobs contact Don Feder at dfeder@rcn.com or call 508-405-1337.