Articles Tagged ‘Assisted suicide’

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Judges

Joe Campbell I think I’ve figured out why our top judges are allowing physician-assisted suicide. It’s about restitution. Years ago, they took away our right to birth. Now, they’re making up for it by giving us a right to death. It’s the latest thing in restorative justice. Oh, I suppose they could have made restitution by giving us back the right to birth, but that would have gone against legal precedent. ... (Continue reading)

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Death wish

“Fear not,” Dingwall said, when I complained about the Supreme Court’s invalidation of the law against physician-assisted suicide. “What do you mean ‘fear not’?” I replied. “The learned judges are turning compliant doctors into legally approved merchants of death.” “They turned into that when the unlearned politicians legalized limited abortion and the Supreme Court removed the limits.” “In both cases,” I conceded, “the Court ruled that the existing laws violated the right to life, liberty and security of the person. However, by doubling ... (Continue reading)

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Reaction to Carter decision

“The Supreme Court is naïve to think that assisted suicide will not be abused, when abuse already occurs ... Giving doctors the right to cause the death of their patients will never be safe and no amount of “so-called safeguards” will protect those who live with depression or abuse. There will always be people who will abuse the power to cause death and there will always be more reasons to cause death.” • Alex Schadenberg, executive director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition “The ... (Continue reading)

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In search of ‘good death’

The first appearance of the word “euthanasia” in English occurs in Francis Bacon’s discussion of incurable diseases. He exhorts doctors to tend to the terminally ill, for the “office of the physician” is “not only to restore health, but to mitigate pain and dolors,” even when it may only “serve to make…de euthanasia exteriore.” That doctors should assist their suffering patients in making an “outward good-death” –leaving their inner preparation to the physicians of the soul – is advice not ... (Continue reading)

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A decision notwithstanding

A decision notwithstanding

The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent declaration that our country’s prohibitions against euthanasia and assisted suicide “unjustifiably infringe” on the rights articulated in Section 7 of the Charter – those rights, ironically, to “life, liberty and security of the person”– is a flagrant affront to the will of the people. As recently as 2010, our elected officials rendered a clear and firm rejection of death’s legalization, and the High ... (Continue reading)

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What about living with dignity? A plea to the Supreme Court justices

What about living with dignity?  A plea to the Supreme Court justices

Taylor Hyatt Dear Supreme Court Justices: On Feb. 6, you unanimously ruled that existing prohibitions against assisted suicide be struck down. In their place, three recommendations were made for Parliament to propose new legislation: (1) the person requesting “assisted death” must be a competent adult who consents to ending their life, (2) they must have a “grievous and irremediable” health condition, including an illness or disability, and (3) said condition ... (Continue reading)

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Supreme Court makes assisted suicide a constitutional right

Supreme Court makes assisted suicide  a constitutional right

On Feb. 6, the Supreme Court of Canada threw out sections of the Criminal Code prohibiting euthanasia and assisted-suicide, saying they unjustifiably infringe the Charter rights of individuals who might consider killing themselves and would want assistance at the chosen moment of death. Canada joins the ranks of Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Colombia, Luxemburg, and the American states of Oregon and Washington, in allowing assisted suicide. In the ... (Continue reading)

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What you can do about the Supreme Court assisted-suicide decision?

On February 6, the Supreme Court of Canada threw out the Criminal Code prohibition on euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide. Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, says his organization wants the Canadian government to invoke the notwithstanding clause and urges citizens to contact their MPs to request they stand up for vulnerable Canadians. He includes a list of talking points: People with disabilities oppose assisted suicide. Assisted suicide debate masks disability prejudice. Assisted suicide has devalued the ... (Continue reading)

Dying with Dignity loses charitable status

Dying with Dignity loses charitable status

Hugh Scher of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition applauds decision. The pro-euthanasia lobby group Dying with Dignity has been stripped by the Canada Revenue Agency of its charitable tax status. Dying with Dignity was created in 1982 and had charity status from the beginning. In Canada, charities are allowed to allot 10 per cent of their financial and time resources to political but non-partisan ... (Continue reading)

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Assisted suicide bill introduced in Senate

Assisted suicide bill introduced in Senate

A Conservative and Liberal senator have teamed up to jump-start the stalled debate on MP Steven Fletcher’s euthanasia and assisted-suicide bill. Senators Larry Campbell (Liberal) and Nancy Ruth (Conservative introduced a private member's bill in the Senate that would legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. Conservative Senator Nancy Ruth and ... (Continue reading)

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We need better palliative care, not assisted suicide: health minister

We need better palliative care, not assisted suicide: health minister

Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose said the government's priority should be quality palliative care, not assisted suicide. Federal Minister of Health Rona Ambrose says Canadians don’t need assisted suicide and euthanasia when it comes to dying, but better palliative care, something she says she wants to make a priority. “I think the starting point for ... (Continue reading)

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Liberal Party endorses euthanasi

Liberal Party endorses euthanasi

This past weekend the Liberal Party of Canada adopted a resolution at its biennial policy convention calling for decriminalization of euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide in a vote by show of hands. The resolution said: "Be it resolved that voluntary medically-assisted death be de-criminalized after a public consultation process designed to make recommendations to Parliament with respect to the criteria for access and the appropriate oversight system for medically-assisted end-of-life." It was put forward by both the women's and youth commissions of ... (Continue reading)

B.C. upholds assisted-suicide ban

On Oct. 10, the British Columbia Court of Appeal upheld Canada’s Criminal Code provisions outlawing euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide when it overturned a lower court’s 2012 decision striking down the prohibition. On June 15, 2012, Justice Lynn Smith said the prohibition on assisted-suicide discriminated against people with disabilities in a case brought forward by Gloria Taylor, a woman diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) in 2009 who sought the “right to die.” Smith gave Parliament one year to amend the Criminal ... (Continue reading)

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Dignity in Death

Dignity in Death

Dr. Donald Low became a public figure during the Toronto SARS crisis of 2003 when, amid innumerable news conferences, the staid and reassuring microbiologist became a familiar face. He returned to the public’s mind last month after a video was released following his death at age 68. In this video, recorded just one week before he succumbed to natural causes, Low makes an impassioned plea for Canada to change ... (Continue reading)

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Oregon suicide rate increases after assisted-suicide law was passed

The Oregon suicide rate has been increasing since 2000, three years after assisted suicide was legalized. A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that the suicide rate among 35 to 64 year olds grew by 49.3 per cent in Oregon from 1999 to 2010 compared to a national increase of 28 per cent. In 2012, 709 Oregonians committed suicide, an increase from 685 suicide deaths in 2011. In 2010, over $41 million was spent due to ... (Continue reading)

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