Hassan Rasouli, subject of historic decision by Supreme Court of Canada, waiting to be transferred out of hospital that wanted to remove him from ventilator

  By Dave Andrusko When last we wrote about Hassan Rasouli, the Supreme Court of Canada had upheld a decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal, which concluded that Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre had to go through a legally established futile care administrative process (the Consent and Capacity Board) and couldn’t unilaterally remove Rasouli from …

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A “rude wake-up for the death acolytes” in Canada

By Dave Andrusko National Right to Life News Today has already published five stories on two important euthanasia-related court cases in Canada. But what took place—or, what didn’t take place—October 10 and October 18 is so important I want to be sure everybody appreciates the magnitude of the victories. Rosie DiManno is a columnist for …

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Euthanasia Prevention Coalition applauds precedent-setting Rasouli decision by the Supreme Court of Canada

In a 5-2 decision the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a lower court decision that doctors must obtain consent from patients or substitute decision-makers before withdrawing life-sustaining treatment where such a decision is anticipated to result in the death of the patient. The case–Cutherbertson v Rasouli–revolved around the insistence of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences …

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Supreme Court of Canada hears case of the family of Hassan Rasouli versus Sunnybrook hospital

By Alex Schadenberg, executive director Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The following article was written by Sun Newspaper Columnist, Michele Mandel and published in the Toronto Sun on December 7, 2012 under the title: Sunnybrook doctors’ ability to cut off life support goes to Supreme Court of Canada. The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition had intervener standing in the …

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Is the Supreme Court right in deciding to hear the Hassan Rasouli case?

By Alex Schadenberg, executive director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The Globe and Mail, one of Canada’s national newspapers, published an editorial Thursday entitled: “The Supreme Court is right to hear life-support case” The Rasouli case asks the question–who has the right to decide to withdraw medical treatment. Dr Brian Cuthbertson and Dr Gordon Rubenfeld at Sunnybrook …

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The Hassan Rasouli case: Who has the right to withdraw Life-Sustaining Treatment in Canada?

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog. On May 17, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled against a motion from the family of Hassan Rasouli, asking the Supreme Court to quash the Rasouli case, a case that seeks to determine whether or …

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New Twist in Rasouli case: ‘Vegetative’ patient now able to give ‘thumbs up’

By Alex Schadenberg, executive director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition An article concerning the Rasouli case that was written by Lisa Priest and published Wednesday in the Globe and Mail under the title: Vegetative Patient now able to give ‘thumbs up,’ fueling debate over life support. The Rasouli case is currently scheduled to be heard by the …

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Canadian Television Station produces exposé on the Rasouli case

By Alex Schadenberg, executive director Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Television station CTV W5 has produced an exposé on the Rasouli case and other cases where the doctors have unilaterally and without consent decided to withdraw treatment from a patient. (See www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/TopStories/20120203/w5-life-or-death-investigation-120204.) The case of Hassan Rasouli is heading to the Supreme Court of Canada to decide …

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Supreme Court of Canada Agrees to Hear Hassan Rasouli Case

By Dave Andrusko Jonathan Sher writes for the London (Ontario) Free Press and has covered medical disputes that make their way into public view. In that capacity Sher has written about both “Baby Joseph” and Hassan Rasouli. In an analysis piece he wrote Monday, Sher compared and contrasted these two highly sensitive, highly important cases. …

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Toronto Star AGREES WITH RASOULI DECISION

Editor’s note. The following appeared on the blog of Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition back in July. It gives a fuller explanation of the decision made by the Appeals Court of Ontario in the case of Hassan Rasouli. The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to review that decision, which we …

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Rasouli decision being appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada

Editor’s note. This appeared on the blog of Alexander Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. On June 29, 2011; the Ontario Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the Rasouli decision by Justice Himel requiring doctors to obtain consent before withdrawing life-sustaining treatment.

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Toronto Star agrees with Rasouli decision

Editor’s note. The following appears on the blog of Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. The Toronto Star published an excellent editorial article on the Rasouli decision under the title: Keeping Hope Alive. The editorial supports the position of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and the decision of the Appeals Court of Ontario …

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