Canadian medical schools readying doctors to talk to patients about assisted suicide


Assisted suicide
As the nation moves toward legalized physician-assisted death, Canada’s 17 faculties of medicine have begun to consider how they will introduce assisted dying into the curriculum for the next generations of doctors.Alain Jocard / AFP/Getty Images Continue reading

Vellacott urges use of “notwithstanding clause” in face of Supreme Court allowing doctors to use lethal injection on their patients

[We are happy to pass on this press release from M.P. Maurice Vellacott.]

For Immediate Release                                                                                           February 10, 2015


OTTAWA –In response to the Supreme Court’s decision in the Carter case, in which the Court gave Parliament one year to enact legislation in light of the Court declaring unconstitutional the Criminal Code provisions that “prohibit physician‑assisted dying for competent adults who seek such assistance as a result of a grievous and irremediable medical condition that causes enduring and intolerable suffering,” MP Maurice Vellacott said:

I am deeply concerned and saddened by the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize in some circumstances what it calls “physician-assisted death.”

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CBC interviewer avoids tough questions on Senate’s euthanasia bill

LifeSiteNews   Wed Jan 7, 2015

by Sean Murphy

A bill has been introduced in the Canadian Senate by Conservative Senator Nancy Ruth to legalize physician assisted suicide and euthanasia.  Bill S-225’s definition of “assist” is of particular interest.  It means “to provide the person with the knowledge or means to commit suicide, or to perform an act with the intent to cause the person’s death.”  Consistent with this, an “assisting physician” is one “who provides assistance” to a patient seeking euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide.

This indicates that indirectly facilitating suicide even by providing information for that purpose is equivalent to more direct forms of assistance, like providing a lethal prescription.  Further, it implies that both providing information to facilitate suicide and actually killing someone are of comparable legal or moral significance.  Many physicians and health care workers who object to assisted suicide and euthanasia would agree, and, for that reason, would refuse to refer or otherwise help a patient find someone willing to kill him or assist him in committing suicide. Continue reading

Quebec government reintroduces euthanasia bill

A message from Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition:

This morning the Québec government re-introduced its euthanasia bill in the identical form as Bill 52 before the Québec election. The Québec Premier forced the Liberal members to support the introduction of the euthanasia bill. Since there was no opposition to the re-introduction of the bill, it has returned to the stage it was at before the election (second reading stage). Continue reading

Murder-suicide of B.C. autistic teen by his mother . . .

Murder-suicide of B.C. autistic teen by his mother reignites debate over caregiver support

| April 25, 2014

The murder-suicide of an autistic British Columbia teenager and his mother — who said she was unable to care for him — has reignited the debate over support for caregivers and the right of the disabled to shape their own destinies. Continue reading