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Euthanasia Prevention Coalition campaign calls on Parliament to “Give Us Time”

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition campaign calls on Parliament to “Give Us Time”

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) has launched the “Give Us Time” postcard campaign in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s assisted suicide ruling. When the Carter v. Canada decision was released on February 6, the Criminal Code prohibition against assisted suicide was struck down. Previously, section 241 of the Code stated that everyone who aids another person in committing suicide, or counsels them to do so, “is guilty ... (Continue reading)

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13 days that changed my life: Remembering Terri Schiavo

13 days that changed my life: Remembering Terri Schiavo

Terri Schiavo Ten years ago this month, the world watched as 41-year-old Terri Schindler Schiavo was starved and dehydrated to death in a Florida hospice. Contrary to popular opinion, Terri was not comatose, brain dead, or dying. She had sustained a profound brain injury in 1990 after going into sudden cardiac arrest at home. Terri was left with severe physical and cognitive disabilities, relying on a feeding tube to ... (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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Liberals want rushed debate on assisted suicide before election

What the Trudeau Liberals are doing makes no sense. The Canadian Press reports that federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau wants the Conservative government to make clear how it plans to respond to the Supreme Court's decision on assisted-suicide before October's scheduled election.Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Canada threw out the Criminal Code prohibitions on euthanasia and assisted-suicide and told Parliament it has one year to create a new law. If Parliament does not create a new law, there will ... (Continue reading)

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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Canadian Supreme Court ignores Parliament in doctor-assisted suicide ruling

With the precedent-shattering ruling in Carter v. Canada on Feb. 6, nine robed dictators on the Supreme Court of Canada not only struck down the longstanding ban on physician-assisted suicide in the Criminal Code: They also delivered a lethal blow to democracy and the rule of law in Canada. Consider the evidence: Gloria Taylor, the now deceased person who initiated the Carter case, was tragically afflicted with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the same progressive, incurable, paralysing disease that afflicted Sue Rodriguez, the principal in , Rodriguez v. ... (Continue reading)

Reaction to Canada Supreme Court euthanasia decision

Yesterday the Supreme Court of Canada threw out Criminal Code restrictions on doctor-assisted suicide and euthanasia. Wesley Smith says the decision proves words don't mean anything anymore, because according to the nine justices of the SCOC, "An irremediable condition may be one that is wholly remediable." Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (and a member of this paper's editorial advisory board), writes about the decision in the National Post today. While the SCOC urges Parliament ... (Continue reading)

Euthanasia’s slippery slope

Euthanasia’s slippery slope

In “End of Life Decision Making,” a report issued in 2011, a so-called “expert panel” appointed by the Royal Society of Canada assured Canadians: “The evidence does not support claims that decriminalizing voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide poses a threat to vulnerable people, or that decriminalization will lead us down a slippery slope from assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia to non-voluntary or involuntary euthanasia.” That statement is plainly wrong. For ... (Continue reading)

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Canada Supreme Court allows assisted-suicide

Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition summarizes it all quite nicely: "The Supreme Court of Canada has made an activist decision by giving physicians the right in law to cause the death of people by assisted suicide." I have quickly read the 44-page decision and it seems that the legal reasoning provided is just window dressing on a political choice to throw out the Criminal Code prohibition on physician-assisted suicide. While the SCOC has urged Parliament to write a ... (Continue reading)

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