20 year-old British Columbian man with undiagnosed condition scheduled to die by euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The story of Eric Coulam, a 20-year-old living in Fort St John British Columbia, who has been approved for MAiD (euthanasia) even though he has an undiagnosed condition, is very upsetting. As reported by Jessica Mundie for the National Post: In 2013, shortly after Coulam lost his …

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Québec’s euthanasia expansion bill is likely delayed until after the October election.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Bill 38 would expand (MAiD) euthanasia in Québec by allowing euthanasia by advanced directive and forcing medical institutions, such as hospices, to participate in euthanasia. Bill 38 was originally slated to be pushed through before the October 3, 2022 election but it has now been delayed. The …

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Euthanasia by Advanced Directive – A recipe for abuse. 

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Dr. Catherine Ferrier who is a Montreal physician who specializes in gerontology, wrote an excellent article that was published in the Montreal Gazette titled: Advance Directives for assisted death a recipe for abuse. Ferrier begins her article by outlining the challenges faced for people with dementia: In …

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Portugal’s Parliament tries to legalize euthanasia again.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition An Associated Press article by Barry Hatton that was published on June 9, 2022 explains that Portugal’s legislature is attempting its third time to legalize euthanasia in 18 months. On January 29, 2021 Portugal’s parliament passed its first euthanasia bill. On February 19, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa did not to …

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Canadian Bill to Allow Euthanasia of Dementia Patients

By Wesley J. Smith The Netherlands and Belgium already permit people diagnosed with dementia to sign an advance directive ordering themselves killed when they become incapacitated. This has even resulted in one case in which such a patient was euthanized despite resisting — and the government responded by changing the law to enable death-doctors to …

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Japanese dystopian euthanasia film “Plan 75” 

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Jurgen Hecker wrote a film review of the Japanese dystopian euthanasia film “Plan 75” that was published by Japan Today on May 22. “Plan 75” reportedly shook audiences to the core at the Cannes film festival. “Plan 75” responds to the aging demographic of Japan with a …

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Quebec considers euthanasia for people with Alzheimer’s

By Bridget Sielicki  Quebec lawmakers are currently considering legislation that would allow assisted suicide for people with Alzheimer’s. Bill 38 would expand the province’s medical aid in dying (MAiD) laws in a number of ways, but one of its primary objectives is to remove the requirement that patients must be at the “end of life” stage. This would …

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Disabled Canadian Woman Requests Euthanasia As She Waits For Surgery 

By Wesley Smith A Canadian woman with a serious neuromuscular condition has been unable to obtain an appointment to see a neurosurgeon for four years. From the CTV story:  Ashcraft has something called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, or EDS, a group of inherited disorders that affect connective tissue. “It’s bulldozed my life,” she said, adding that it …

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Euthanasia makes clean sweep of Australian states 

By Michael Cook  The Australian state of New South Wales legalised euthanasia and assisted suicide last week. Members of the Upper House supported the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2022 by a margin of 23 to 15. Both the Premier and the Opposition Leader had opposed the bill, but they allowed MPs a conscience vote on the extremely …

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Former Archbishop of Canterbury promotes euthanasia in Australia 

By Michael Cook  The former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, has sent a message to the Parliament of the Australian state of New South Wales, urging it to pass a euthanasia bill. In a letter obtained by The Australian addressed to every member of the NSW Upper House, Lord Carey, who is also a …

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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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