Uruguay bill would legalize wide open euthanasia and assisted suicide

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A bill to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide is being debated in the Uruguayan Congress. The Uruguay bill lacks definition allowing it to have a wide interpretation. Euthanasia is an intentional act to kill a person, upon request, who is disabled, sick or suffering. In most countries, …

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Canadian Bar Association: Canada’s euthanasia bill C-7 will be challenged in the court because it is not inclusive enough

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A recent report from the End of Life Working Group of the Canadian Bar Association suggests several “problems” with Bill C-7, the bill to expand euthanasia in Canada. Bill C-7 goes much further than the Quebec Superior Court’s Truchon decision but not as far as the Canadian Bar Association …

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Vatican strips Belgian group of ‘Catholic’ label over euthanasia

By Michael Cook  The Vatican has put its foot down on a Belgian Catholic group over euthanasia and has declared that it can no longer be considered “Catholic”. The Brothers of Charity, a religious congregation founded in the 19th century, runs 15 highly-respected psychiatric hospitals. In 2017, the board of the organization’s hospitals, which was composed on 12 lay …

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Queensland, Australia euthanasia bill is deferred until after the October election

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition ABC News Australia, state political reporter, Josh Bavas, is reporting that the Queensland Australia euthanasia bill will be deferred until after the October 31, 2020 election.  Bavas wrote: …Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told parliament this morning the legislation would instead be referred to the Queensland Law Reform Commission …

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Targeting People with Mental Illness and Dementia for Euthanasia

Several countries may be ahead of us in this area, but the U.S. is fast catching up. By Wesley J. Smith A few years ago, a Dutch doctor attended her elderly Alzheimer’s disease patient at a nursing home. The doctor’s purpose wasn’t to examine the patient or prescribe new medicines. Rather, she was there to …

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Jacques Campeau needed help to live, not to die

By Amy Hasbrouck Editor’s note. This article was published by “Toujours Vivant – Not Dead Yet” on May 15 along with another article on pandemic policies. It was reposted by the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. In July of 2019 several Québec media outlets reported on the suicide death of Jacques Campeau, who had Multiple Sclerosis [MS]. The stories focused on …

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Stop the extension of euthanasia in Canada by Bill C-7

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On February 24, the Canadian federal government introduced Bill C-7 in response to the Quebec Superior Court decision. On September 11, 2019, in Truchon v. Canada, the Court struck down that section of Canada’s euthanasia law requiring that a person’s “natural death must be reasonably foreseeable” before …

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Dutch Supreme Court decision on ‘coffee euthanasia’ opens the door to “dubious euthanasia”

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On April 21, the Netherlands Supreme Court approved euthanasia for incompetent people with dementia who had made a previous request for euthanasia while legally competent. The case concerned the euthanasia death of a 74-year-old woman with dementia. She had stated in her power of attorney document that she wanted …

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Dr. Sonu Gaind: Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) position on euthanasia for psychiatric reasons is embarrassing

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Dr. K. Sonu Gaind is an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, a past president of the Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA), and a member of the Council of Canadian Academies expert advisory group on MAiD [Medical Assistance in Dying] responds in the CanadianHealthcareNetwork.ca to the …

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MAiD (euthanasia and assisted suicide) deaths increase in Ontario during COVID-19 crisis

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Ontario Office of the Chief Coroner released new data for MAiD (euthanasia and assisted suicide deaths) in Ontario indicating that from June 17, 2016 until March 31, 2020, there have been 4,888 reported assisted deaths. There were 189 reported assisted suicide deaths  in 2016, 841 in 2017, 1,499 …

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Dutch Supreme Court Approves Euthanasia for Dementia

By Wesley J. Smith The Dutch Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that doctors could legally carry out euthanasia on people with advanced dementia who had earlier put their wishes in writing even if they could no longer confirm them because of their illness. The ruling is a landmark in Dutch euthanasia legislation which up to now had required patients …

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