Why expanding medical assistance in dying to ‘mature minors’ is wrong

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Dr. Ramona Coehlo, a family physician in London Ontario and the Hon Graydon Nicholas, a member of the Wolastoqiyik Nation and a former Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, wrote an insightful opinion article that was published in the Ottawa Citizen on May 11 on the issue of euthanasia …

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No clear guidelines in report concerning MAiD (euthanasia) for mental illness 

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Final Report of the Expert Panel on MAiD and Mental Illness was submitted to Canada’s Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos and Justice Minister, David Lametti on May 6, 2022. Similar to previous “expert” reports the Expert Panel offers recommendations but few clear guidelines. Canada legalized euthanasia and …

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Is euthanasia becoming a runaway train in Canada?

By Michael Cook Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) is a syndrome attributed to patients who complain of headaches, rashes, depression and dizziness and attribute them to chemicals in the environment. Its medically controversial status as a diagnosis shouldn’t be a trigger for euthanasia. In Canada, however, it is. In March 2023, people will be eligible for …

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Euthanizing the mentally ill who lack supports is reprehensible 

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Sabrina Maddeaux and Tristan Hopper have both written excellent articles challenging Canada’s euthanasia (MAiD) regime that were published in the National Post. Maddeaux focuses on the proposal to extend euthanasia to people with mental illness while Hopper examines the issue how MAiD is becoming an option for …

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Euthanasia is a runaway train in Canada. It’s time to hit the brakes. 

Euthanasia, in any form, opens a Pandora’s box of risk. By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Brian Bird, who is an assistant professor at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of B.C. wrote a Special article that was published by the National Post on May 4, 2022. Bird explains …

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Euthanasia, where and when does it stop? 

By Nic Steenhout, Disability rights advocate Editor’s note. This appeared on the website of Euthanasia Prevention Coalition It is with great sadness and a fair bit of distress that I learned about two recent cases of so-called “Medical Aid In Dying” (euthanasia by any other name). The stories of two disabled women who were pushed …

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Dr. Wes Ely comments on the acquittal of Dr William Husel in the overdose deaths of 14 patients.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Dr. Wes Ely will be featured in an EPC zoom meeting on May 9 at 3 pm (EST). Dr Ely will speak about the Husel case and the proper use of opioids.  Recently a jury found Dr. William Husel NOT Guilty on All 14 Counts of Murder. We …

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British expat on trial for ‘mercy killing’ in Cyprus

By Michael Cook A British man living in Cyprus could die in jail if he is convicted of the premeditated murder of his terminally ill wife. David Hunter, a 74-year-old former miner, smothered his wife Janice in December last year. She was suffering from leukaemia. He tried to kill himself with pills and alcohol but …

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The Mayor of Delta British Columba urges the Premier of British Columbia to expropriate the remaining Delta Hospice Society property 

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition In February 2021, the Delta Hospice Society (DHS) was defunded by the British Columbia Ministry of Health because they refused to kill their patients by euthanasia. The battle over the existence of the DHS has continued since that time. The DHS held an online Annual General Meeting …

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Belgian euthanasia figures continue to rise

By Michael Cook Nearly 2,700 people were euthanised in Belgium in 2021, according to the official figures from the euthanasia commission – an increase of 10% over the previous year. There were 2,699 official reports, 74% of them from Dutch speakers (although only about 60% of Belgians are native Dutch speakers). Most of the patients were aged …

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MAiD euthanasia for chemical sensitivities and lack of housing

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition CTV National News Medical Correspondent, Avis Favaro, reported on April 13 of a (MAiD) euthanasia death in February of a 51-year-old Ontario woman who had severe chemical sensitivities. According to Favaro, the woman was not terminally ill but living with a chronic condition that makes her highly …

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Belgium reported euthanasia deaths rise. At least 50 people die by euthanasia for mental illness in 2021. 

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On March 31, the Belgian Commission for the Control and Evaluation of Euthanasia published their 2021 euthanasia data.  In reporting on the Commission’s data, the European Institute of Bioethics (EIB) stated that the number of reported euthanasia deaths increased to 2,699 from 2,444 in 2020. The EIB …

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