Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying legislation under fire after euthanasia of depressed patient

By Xavier Symons Serious concerns have been raised about the implementation of Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) legislation after a 61-year-old depressed but otherwise healthy man was euthanised in the province of British Columbia. Alan Nichols, a former school janitor who lived alone and struggled with depression, was admitted to Chilliwack General Hospital, BC, …

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Depressed Man Euthanized in Canada

By Wesley J. Smith Once a society accepts killing as an acceptable response to suffering, the nature of the “suffering” that qualifies for termination keeps expanding. That process is well underway in Canada, where the law requires that death be “reasonably foreseeable” before a doctor can legally commit the homicide of a patient upon request. …

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Physically healthy depressed man died by euthanasia in British Columbia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Avis Favaro, the Medical correspondent with CTV News, produced an excellent news story concerning the death of Alan Nichols, a 61-year-old man who was physically healthy but lived with chronic depression. This story clearly shows how the recent Québec court decision that struck down the terminal illness …

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Belgian doctor charged with murder of four patients.

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. A doctor in Belgium has been charged with murder in the deaths of four patients in the palliative care department of the CHR van Hoei Hospital. An article published by Nieuwsblad.be stated (google translated): The court has suspected a doctor from Tihange of four murders. The man, who …

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Dementia Advocacy Canada promotes euthanasia for people with dementia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Canada is debating expanding euthanasia to people who are not terminally ill, such as people with dementia. Recently a Québec court struck down the part of the criminal code that required that a person’s “death be reasonably forseeable.” The terminal illness restriction, in the law, prevented doctors …

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Catholic hospital is forced to provide MAiD (euthanasia) in Nova Scotia.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A campaign by Jocelyn Downie, the academic euthanasia activist at Dalhousie University, has resulted in St Martha’s hospital in Antigonish NS being forced to provide MAiD (euthanasia) in the Catholic hospital. An article by Ross Lord and Alexander Quon for Global News reported that the Nova Scotia …

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A judge loosens Canada’s euthanasia belt another notch or two

By Michael Cook Something north of 8,000 people have died in Canada after its Medical Aid in Dying [MAiD] legislation came into effect in 2016. And now it will probably become easier after a decision by a Québec judge. This past week Superior Court Justice Christine Baudouin struck down as unconstitutional a provision in the …

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A largely unknown truth: the disabled were the Nazis’ first victims

By Dave Andrusko It can’t be said too often that too often we know too little about history–and what we do know often is either wrong or incomplete. Over the years we’ve posted many stories that buttress and support what remains to many, many people an unknown historical truth–the Nazis “refined” their murderous system with …

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Dutch ‘Forced Euthanasia’ Doctor Cleared of Charges

By Wesley J. Smith I could have told you this would happen. A Dutch doctor who lethally injected a dementia patient, has been cleared of criminal charges. Euthanizing dementia patients isn’t against the law in Netherlands if the patient expressed a desire to die before losing competency. What made this particular case notable was that …

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Euthanasia advocates fund-raising for Saskatoon euthanasia clinic

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Euthanasia advocates are raising money to establish a euthanasia clinic in Saskatoon, a place that Jae Blakley, an assisted death advocate, has named Cider House. Amanda Short, writing for the Saskatoon Star Phoenix on September 7, 2019, reported: Similar to hospice care, The Cider House would provide …

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Overriding the right of parents to find alternative treatment for their seriously ill children is a terrifying principle

By John Deighan No instinct can be stronger than the natural desire of a mother to protect her child, and few rights can be so solidly based as that of recognising the rights of parents to determine the best interests of their own children as they see them, unless it is clear they are causing …

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Of Vincent Lambert and ethical rubicons

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This appeared at First Things July 12, the day after Vincent Lambert was dehydrated to death. Vincent Lambert is dead. The forty-two-year-old Frenchman, who breathed his last yesterday in Reims, didn’t die by accident. It wasn’t “his time.” He died slowly, over nine days, by forced dehydration—a demise that …

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