Euthanasia

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Assisted suicide and the internet

Alex Schadenberg discusses online suicide counseling and websites, after a depressed Carleton U student was given internet ‘advice’ by a nurse from Minnesota to take her own life. (Continue reading)

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Oregon assisted-suicide stats show lethal prescriptions up 30 per cent

Alex Schadenberg analyzes the American state’s ‘Death with Dignity Act’, which reveals a dangerous trend. (Continue reading)

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Nothing dignified about euthanasia

Nothing dignified about euthanasia

Michael Coren discusses the inherent contradiction within the notion of ‘dying with dignity’. (Continue reading)

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Private member’s euthanasia bill

Private member’s euthanasia bill

Lalonde plans to re-introduce a euthanasia bill. (Continue reading)

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Quebec man acquitted of assisted suicide

Stephane Dufour, 30, was found not guilty in assisting the hanging suicide death of his uncle, Chantal Maltais, 49, of Alma, Que. Although he initially denied even being in the room with his uncle at the time of his arrest, Dufour told the court he gave into pressure to help Maltais commit suicide. Family members who talked to the press when Maltais died in 2006, said he was wheelchair bound and too weak to even lift a cigarette to his ... (Continue reading)

No surprises at the world euthanasia conference

The World Federation for the Right to Die Societies and the Association pour le Droit de Mourrir Dignement (France's Association for the Right to Die with Dignity) co-sponsored an international conference, which took place in Paris, Oct. 29 - Nov. 2. The gathering takes place every two years and the last one was held in Toronto in 2006. A total of 120 ... (Continue reading)

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Bloc MP back with another euthanasia, suicide bill

On June 12, Francine Lalonde (Bloc Quebecois - La Pointe-de-l’Île) introduced Bill C-562, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code (Right to Die With Dignity) to amend Subsections 222(7) and 241(2) of the Criminal Code with an eye to legalizing euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide. In June 2005, Lalonde introduced Bill C-407, a similar ... (Continue reading)

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Troubling trends on euthanasia in Europe

Recently, there have been some disturbing trends in Europe towards fewer restrictions on euthanasia and assisted suicide. Pressures also are appearing to establish a “right” to be killed. Euthanasia and assisted suicide were legalized in the Netherlands and Belgium in 2002. The Netherlands had effectively legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide by the decree of the courts in 1985, with the 2002 legalization simply codifying accepted practice into law.... (Continue reading)

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Spectre of a new bill to legalize euthanasia raises its ugly head

During an interview on the CBC radio show Cross Country Checkup in March, Jocelyn Downie, the Canada research chair in health, law and policy from Dalhousie University, stated she knew that new legislation was being drafted to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. Downie also said a new test case had been drafted to challenge the Criminal Code prohibitions of euthanasia via the courts.... (Continue reading)

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Latimer granted day parole

Convicted child killer Robert Latimer was granted day parole by an appeal board in February and then released in mid-March. Latimer, who killed his daughter Tracy, who had cerebral palsy, in 1993 and was convicted by two juries of second-degree murder, began his 10-25 year sentence in 2001, after the Supreme Court affirmed a lower court decision. In December, the National Parole Board found Latimer insufficiently remorseful ... (Continue reading)

Oregon report on assisted suicide is revealing

Once again the Oregon Death With Dignity Act annual report is more about numbers than actual information. It is important to note that there are no case reports connected to the annual report on Oregon’s assisted suicides, and there is no guarantee that all the cases of assisted suicide have been reported.... (Continue reading)

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Golubchuk case likely to establish some important precedents

Samuel Golubchuk is an orthodox Jewish man who is on life-support at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg.Grace Hospital believes it has the right to end this life-sustaining care against the wishes of the Golubchuk family. Samuel is currently dependent on a respirator and receives fluids and food through a feeding tube. On March 14, Neil Kravetsky and the lawyers for Grace Hospital met to discuss a suitable court ... (Continue reading)

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Alex Schadenberg named chair of global anti-euthanasia group

The most important part of the International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide was the strategy session that was held on Nov. 29, the day before the public symposium began. International leaders had an opportunity to discuss their concerns and successes. This was a ground-breaking moment for many of the leaders who work in their jurisdictions and rarely get the opportunity to discuss their organizational ... (Continue reading)

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Hospital fights for the right to terminate man’s care

The family of Samuel Golubchuk, an 84-year-old orthodox Jewish man in Winnipeg, is fighting to save his life. On Nov. 30, Golubchuk’s family was told by doctors at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg that they were going to remove the respirator, fluids and food from him. The family acted by initiating an injunction against the hospital to ensure he would continue to live. On Dec. 11, ... (Continue reading)

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Amanda Phillips: Alberta’s pro-life apprentice

Twenty-year-old Amanda Phillips is an example of what a young woman can accomplish when she sets her heart on serving Canada’s unborn. She is an office assistant with Alberta Pro-Life, which describes itself as “a province-wide group which works to educate and motivate Albertans on life issues, most notably abortion and euthanasia.” She is also the ministry co-ordinator for The Back Porch, an 11th ... (Continue reading)

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