September 14, 2015

VANCOUVER - The Catholic Women's League has resolved to take five proposals from its members to the federal government.

The resolutions, which take on issues such as mental health, skin care products and pesticides, were passed at the CWL's national convention Aug. 16-19.

National president Barbara Dowding said the league will establish an ad-hoc committee to participate in the government's consultation on assisted suicide.

The league will ask the government to uphold the present law against physician-assisted suicide by invoking section 33 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The convention also decided to support the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition financially and to write to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Health Canada opposing the abortion pill RU-486.

Other resolutions passed at the convention called for:

Increased early intervention and access to children and youth mental health services.

A ban on plastic microbeads in personal care products.

A ban on neonicotinoid pesticides.

Reinstatement of the mandatory long-form census.

Dowding was excited about the league's $400,000 donation to the CWL Leadership Foundation to support Canadian Catholic women develop their skills as leaders in the Church and in society.

The CWL set up the fund in conjunction with the Sisters of Service who provided a $500,000 grant "a few years ago."

Next year's national convention will be held in Halifax.