Articles Tagged ‘Assisted suicide’

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Ottawa grants government four-month extension to write euthanasia law

Ottawa grants government four-month extension to write euthanasia law

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition executive director Alex Schadenberg says it is not possible to develop an effective law on assisted-suicide in four months. On Jan. 15, the Supreme Court of Canada granted the federal government a four-month extension to pass a law on the issues of euthanasia and assisted suicide. ... (Continue reading)

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Trudeau government seeks extension to mull euthanasia law

Trudeau government seeks extension to mull euthanasia law

The Liberal government has asked the Supreme Court of Canada for an extension beyond the Feb. 6 deadline to come up with a new federal law on euthanasia and assisted-suicide.When the Court threw out the Criminal Code prohibitions on aiding and abetting a suicide, it stayed the decision for one year so the government could create a new law regulating assisted-suicide. With the long summer recess and federal election ... (Continue reading)

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Confusion over Quebec law

On Dec. 1, the Quebec Superior Court ruled that the province’s euthanasia law was inoperable until February because it was in conflict with the existing Criminal Code of Canada prohibitions on homicide. On Dec. 9, the Quebec Court of Appeal granted permission for the province to appeal the decision, but did not indicate whether it was staying the Superior Court’s decision. On Dec. 10, Quebec’s Act Respecting End-of-life Care law took effect, 18 months after Bill 52 passed in the National Assembly, ... (Continue reading)

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EPC symposium recommends ‘clarity’ in current assisted-suicide debate

On Oct. 31, the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition held its annual symposium at downtown Montreal’s Best Western Ville Marie Hotel. Attendees spanned a wide range of ages and hometowns, including medical students from Calgary and veteran pro-life activists from the Maritimes. Talks were delivered in both official languages with simultaneous translation. Though there was no official theme, Quebec’s Bill 52 and the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision in the Carter case shaped much of the day’s discussion. Dr. Will Johnston, an ... (Continue reading)

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Liberal government changes assisted suicide panel mandate

Following the Supreme Court’s Carter decision throwing out Canada’s prohibition on assisted-suicide, the Conservative government established an External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada. Just ten days after being sworn in, the Liberal government ordered a new mandate for the panel, one day before it was scheduled to report. On Nov. 14, Health Minister Jane Philpott and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, sent a letter to the panel members – Dr. Harvey Chochinov and professors Catherine Frazee ... (Continue reading)

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EPC ‘hopes for the best’ with federal election

Since the federal election campaign began in early August, a variety of issues are being presented to the Canadian public in an effort to influence their vote. Assisted suicide is one topic that has not yet received the attention it deserves according to Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. Schadenberg told The Interim that his organization is “in a quandary,” because “this is possibly the most important election Canada has ever had, and people aren’t realizing the ... (Continue reading)

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Ontario government stacks panel to devise end-of-life law

The Ontario Government is spearheading its own “expert panel” on euthanasia and assisted suicide in conjunction with many provinces and territories. The panel has set-up an online survey with skewed questions, nonetheless EPC is urging people to complete the survey. The Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group features a stacked deck with: co-chair, Maureen Taylor, (the widow of Dr Donald Low who demanded the legalization of assisted dying in a video that was released after his death) who describes herself, on Twitter, as an ... (Continue reading)

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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)

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