Articles Tagged ‘Assisted suicide’

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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Another Canadian victim at Swiss Dignitas clinic

A woman from Montreal died by assisted suicide in Switzerland on April 25. Susan Griffiths, 72, suffering from multiple system atrophy, a rare degenerative disease without remission that causes significant disabilities, died at the Dignitas assisted suicide facility in Zurich. Because assisted suicide is illegal in Canada, Griffiths travelled to Switzerland, the only country that gives the procedure to non-residents. The law in Switzerland requires a patient to see a physician twice within the space of three days as a safeguard ... (Continue reading)

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Ottawa files argument in euthanasia appeal

Ottawa files argument in euthanasia appeal

Justice Lynn Smith The federal government has come out strongly against assisted suicide in an appeal against a British Columbia judgment declaring the ban to be unconstitutional. On Oct. 26, it filed its legal argument with the B.C. Court of Appeal, claiming that assisted suicide is prohibited in order to protect the most vulnerable members of society who might otherwise be coerced into ending their lives. The purpose of the Criminal Code, ... (Continue reading)

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Assisted suicide defeated in Massachusetts

Massachusetts voters rejected assisted suicide in a ballot measure during the Nov. 6 American elections. It was defeated by a slim margin of 51 to 49 per cent. Earlier in the campaign, a September poll sponsored by the Boston Globe and conducted by the University of New Hampshire showed that 68 per cent of voters were in favour of legalization and only 19 per cent were opposed. “The turnaround on this campaign was remarkable,” said Tim Rosales, campaign strategist for ... (Continue reading)

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Highest BC court upholds exemption allowing assisted suicide for Gloria Taylor

In an August 10 ruling, Justice Jo-Ann Prowse of the British Columbia Court of Appeals, the highest court in the province, permitted ALS patient Gloria Taylor to retain a constitutional exemption allowing her to end her life by assisted suicide or euthanasia. Taylor was granted the exemption in June by Lynn Smith of the B.C. Supreme Court. Prowse’s ruling also cancelled Smith’s order that the Parliament amend laws against assisted suicide by June 15, 2013. The appeal of Smith’s ruling with ... (Continue reading)

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Lancet study proves increase in Dutch euthanasia deaths

The long awaited 2010 nationwide examination of the euthanasia law in the Netherlands was published in the July 11 Lancet. The study found: the number of euthanasia deaths has grown significantly since 2005 (4050 in 2010, 2425 in 2005); the under-reporting of euthanasia in the Netherlands has grown since 2005 (23 per cent in 2010, 20 per cent in 2005); there is a growth in deaths by terminal sedation (12.3 per cent in 2010, 8.2 per cent in 2005); the percentage of requests for ... (Continue reading)

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Ottawa appeals B.C. assisted suicide ruling

Ottawa appeals B.C. assisted suicide ruling

Waiting until the second-last business day to file, Canada’s federal government appealed the June 15 decision of B.C. Supreme Court Justice Lynn Smith overturning Canada’s ban on euthanasia and assisted suicide. Smith claimed that Canada’s Criminal Code prohibiting euthanasia and assisted suicide violated the Charter rights of those seeking assistance killing themselves and those who help them carry out their lethal wishes. The justice also argued the Criminal Code provisions violated ... (Continue reading)

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Assisted suicide: a ‘marvellous, marvellous possibility’?

Britain refusing to prosecute law-breaking euthanasia tourists The founder of the Swiss euthanasia group Dignitas, Ludwig Minelli, said in a recent interview that he is seeking permission from the courts in Switzerland to assist in the suicide of a perfectly healthy woman. The woman is the wife of an unnamed and ill Canadian man who may seek suicide at the Dignitas facility; she has said that if her husband commits suicide, she would want to commit suicide at the ... (Continue reading)

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Assisted suicide study shows Oregon patients not suffering

An important study of family members of 83 Oregon patients who requested physician-assisted suicide (PAD) shows that people who are being prescribed assisted suicide may not be experiencing significant symptoms of their disease. This study effectively proves that people are being given lethal doses for assisted suicide without fulfilling the reasons within the law. Because the study was so effective, almost no major media outlets reported its findings.... (Continue reading)

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Kevorkian released

Euthanasia activist and convicted murderer Jack Kevorkian, 79, was released June 1 after serving eight years of his 10- to 25-year sentence for second-degree murder. Lawyer Mayer Morganroth argued his client’s health problems and good behaviour justified early release from prison. Kevorkian was charged and found guilty of the 1998 second-degree murder (by carbon monoxide poisoning) of Thomas Youk, 52, who had ALS. CBS’s 60 Minutes program subsequently ... (Continue reading)

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Bishops speak to euthanasia and assisted suicide

The Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a statement clarifying the church’s position on euthanasia and assisted suicide. It is also calling on Catholics to question politicians about their stands on the issue. “Catholics, like all other citizens, have the right and duty to participate in the political processes of our democracy,” the bishops state.... (Continue reading)

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