Government committee examining further expansions of Canada’s euthanasia and assisted suicide (MAiD) law

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition When Canada legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide (Medical Aid in Assistance–MAiD) in June 2016, a section of the legislation required the government to conduct a full five-year review of the legislation, starting in June 2020. Instead of conducting a full review of the law, the Canadian government …

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Canadian Supreme Court cements closure of private hospices for refusal to participate in assisted suicide

By Anne Marie Williams, RN, BSN A British Columbia hospice society recently lost an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, one of several legal avenues it unsuccessfully pursued in an attempt to avoid participating in assisted suicide. Delta Hospice Society, located in the town of Delta in the Canadian province of British Columbia, was …

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Canada’s Liberal government’s fixation on abortion contains provision in budget that pro-life groups can support

By We Need a Law Ottawa, ON – The recent Liberal budget addressed a problem the pro-life movement has been highlighting for years: the lack of information regarding abortion.  “In Canada, most abortions are funded by the government, and yet the manner in which we maintain statistics is in complete disarray,” explained Tabitha Ewert, legal counsel for …

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Three takeaways from the misunderstood ‘Morgentaler’ case every pro-lifer in Canada should know

By We Need a Law The 1988 Morgentaler decision from the Supreme Court of Canada is often referenced by those on both sides of the abortion debate. It is an important point in the history of abortion in Canada, but it is also one of the most misunderstood aspects of the abortion debate. It deserves …

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Amendments to Canada’s euthanasia law threaten traditional ‘standard of care’

By Michael Cook  The Canadian Parliament is debating a major expansion of the country’s 2016 euthanasia act. Critics say that the amendments will make Canada’s law the most permissive in the world. Bill C-7 intends to give access to “Medical Assistance in Dying” (MAiD) to people whose natural death is not reasonably foreseeable. It establishes …

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Canada’s Justice Minister asks Quebec Court for a fourth extension to consider euthanasia expansion

 By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Canadian Press reported Friday  The Trudeau government is seeking a fourth extension to the court-imposed deadline for expanding access to medical assistance in dying. Justice Minister David Lametti is asking the court to give the government one more month — until March 26 — to pass …

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Documenting that Canada has no abortion laws

By We Need a Law Repeatedly, we are asked for non-pro-life sources that confirm our claim that Canada has no abortion laws. Given the polarized nature of the debate on abortion, I understand and appreciate the desire to find support from multiple voices. And so, this request became the inspiration for a position paper titled …

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Canadian Assisted-death Bill C-7 “gives licence to do away with disabled people like me”

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition David Shannon, who is a lawyer and a well known disability rights leader, wrote an article that was published on December 3, 2020. Shannon is opposed to euthanasia Bill C-7 because it specifically focuses on death for people with disabilities, as Shannon wrote. Bill C-7 goes beyond a good …

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People with disabilities oppose Bill C-7 expansion of euthanasia in Canada

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Human Rights had its third hearing on Bill C-7, the bill to expand Canada’s euthanasia law, on November 10. Tuesday’s hearing heard testimony from several advocates and people with disabilities concerning the effect of Bill C-7 upon their community Kathleen Harris, …

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Judge rules Alberta city wronged pro-life group by rejecting life-affirming ads

The Court judgment said the city’s decision to ban the ads was unreasonable and openly suspected the city’s reasoning. By LifeSite News Staff Justice Gates of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta has issued a ruling for Lethbridge Pro-Life (LPL) on LPL’s court claim against the City of Lethbridge on the City’s rejection of …

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The speech of Canadian MP Cathay Wagantall in parliament opposing euthanasia Bill C-7

The following is the Hansard [official record] of the speech given by Cathay Wagantall on October 19. Madam Speaker, I am pleased to rise today, but I find it difficult to be speaking to another attempt by the Liberal government to endanger the most vulnerable in our society. After just four years, when the original euthanasia and …

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There have been approximately 19,000 euthanasia deaths in Canada

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared today. Reposted with permission. I estimate that there have been approximately 19,000 deaths by euthanasia and assisted suicide [Medical Assistance in Death—MAID] in Canada since legalization. Here is how I come to that number. The Ontario Office …

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