Disturbing questions remain about Quebec’s Bill 52’s impact

  By Margaret Somerville Why, after millenniums of prohibiting the intentional killing of another human being, in particular by physicians, did Quebec politicians think euthanasia is a “progressive” idea that must be implemented without delay? Bill 52, originally introduced by the Parti Québécois government, was rapidly reintroduced by the Liberals and passed Thursday. Why did …

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Quebec’s elected officials have lifted a vitally important ban

  Living with Dignity denounces the adoption of Bill 52 on “end-of-life care” Montreal– Dramatic day for Quebec Thursday: by a vote of 94 to 22, the Members of the National Assembly have adopted Bill 52, “An Act respecting end-of-life care.” The citizen network Living with Dignity (LWD) denounces the new law, which allows anyone …

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Oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide, sign the Declaration of Hope

  By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Editor’s note. Mr. Schadenberg submitted this letter to the editor to the Globe and Mail newspaper in response to article written by columnist Jeffrey Simpson, but it was not printed. It now appears on his blog.  The Fletcher he refers to is Steven Fletcher, an MP …

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How do you neutralize death?

  By Jean Echlin Editor’s note. This appeared at alexschadenberg.blogspot.com. The push by those driving the “dying with dignity” groups, including much of our media, to neutralize the terms euthanasia and assisted suicide now includes the Canadian Nurses Association, our national voice. This came as a shock and disappointment to many of us classified as …

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Québec’s euthanasia bill 52: a time for reflection

  By Alex Schadenberg, executive director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The following article was written by Catherine Frazee and published on March 4, 2014 as a special to the Montréal Gazette. Catherine Frazee is a former chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, an emeritus professor in the school of disability studies at Ryerson University …

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Québec election temporarily kills euthanasia bill

  By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Editor’s note. This first appeared at alexschadenberg.blogspot.com. When Québec Premier Pauline Marois decided to dissolve the government and call for an April 7 election, the effect was to temporarily kill Bill 52 which would legalize euthanasia in Canada. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition expects that a …

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Open Letter to Members of the National Assembly of Quebec on Bill 52

  Editor’s note. The following Open Letter comes from the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada. _________________ Dear Member, Subject: Bill 52, An act respecting end-of-life care You will soon be called upon to vote on Bill 52, An act respecting end-of-life care. This bill requires that all hospitals and health care institutions in Quebec develop policies …

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Conservative Party of Canada votes to protect people from euthanasia and assisted suicide

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition At their national policy convention in Calgary, the Conservative Party of Canada on Saturday supported a resolution that the government will not support any bill that would legalize euthanasia or assisted suicide. The vote was 615 to 502. The Calgary Herald stated: “The Conservative Party will not …

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Quebec Liberal leader suggests euthanasia Bill 52 needs amendments

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Toronto Star reported Tuesday that Philippe Couillard, the leader of the Quebec Liberal party and a former neurosurgeon, said … the Parti Québécois government’s euthanasia bill [Bill 52] as it stands now doesn’t set sufficiently strict conditions that must be met before terminally-ill patients can ask …

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Legalizing euthanasia always leads to a path of expansion

By Derek Miedema, Researcher, Institute of Marriage and Family Canada Responding to a case that could easily have affected all of Canada, the B.C. Court of Appeal last week rejected the idea of euthanasia. Yet, Quebec’s Bill 52 could also have an impact across the country – if other provinces try to follow suit. What …

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Split Court of Appeals upholds Canada’s ban on physician-assisted suicide

By Dave Andrusko A split British Columbia Court of Appeal today upheld Canada’s ban on physician-assisted suicide. The vote was 2-1. The federal government had appealed what was described as a “landmark” ruling , a reference to “Carter v. Canada,” a 2012 decision in which Justice Lynn Smith declared that Canada’s prohibition against assisted suicide …

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Belgian MP’s debating extending euthanasia to children with disabilities and people with dementia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition An article written by Adam Withnall and published in The Independent newspaper on October 8 is reporting that the Belgian parliament has resumed its debate on the extension of euthanasia to children with disabilities and people with Alzheimer’s/dementia. The sub-headline is very revealing—“The country already has …

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