Delta BC Hospice supports caring options, not euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Board of the Delta BC Hospice Society that operates the Irene Thomas Hospice in Ladner BC [British Columbia] has reversed the decision of the previous board and has reverted to its prior position opposing euthanasia while supporting excellent care.

An article published by the Delta Optimist explains that last Thursday the Delta Hospice Society elected a new board. The new board met on Saturday , November 30.

A letter, dated December 2, was sent to staff, volunteers, and members by Angelina Ireland, the new President of the Delta BC Hospice announcing their new position and announcing the new leadership team.

“Ireland’s letter said the new board made a motion, based on two independent legal opinions, that MAiD [Medical Assistance in Dying] is not compatible with the Delta Hospice Society purposes stated in the society’s constitution, and therefore, will not be performed at the Irene Thomas Hospice,” according to the Delta Optimist. “The motion was carried.”

The position of the Delta Hospice is not new but rather a renewal of its previous position.

Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.