Assisted Suicide

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CMA rejects assisted suicide

The Canadian Medical Association has come out strongly against allowing its doctors to practice euthanasia or physician assisted death. In a move which stunned observers at the annual convention, the CMA passed a strong resolution stating that “The Canadian Medical Association declares its members should specifically exclude the practice of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide.” Calling the practice “horrifying,” Dr. Daniel MacCarthy of Vancouver proposed the resolution which was supported by 93-74 count.  Eighteen delegates abstained. Dr. Ted Boadway, policy director of the ... (Continue reading)

Why the young and the healthy are pushing the right to die

I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about suicide. (Not for personal reasons—even though by the time you read this I will have moved house with one husband, two teenagers, two dogs, one cat, one canary and three million books.) I have been trying to understand why it is that after centuries of looking at suicide as a shocking event to be discouraged if possible, people are becoming persuaded that it is now a right, and that if you’re ... (Continue reading)

Legislature opens the door for legally assisted suicide

In B.C., decisions will be made on a case by case basis Sue Rodriguez last her fight for a legally assisted suicide at the Supreme Court of Canada, but she may have, in effect, won the right to have someone help her kill herself.  The B.C. Attorney General will most likely not prosecute any individual who helps her, according to pro-euthanasia activists. The guidelines, issued by Attorney General Colin Gabelmann on November 4, state that cases involving euthanasia or assisted suicide ... (Continue reading)

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