Dr. Robert’s regrets

On May 10, 2017, Dr. Yves Robert, Secretary of the Collège des médecins du Québec, asked the following question in a thoughtful article published on the CMQ website:

 “If the goal is euthanasia on demand based on a “right”, are we still talking about Medical Aid in Dying? Or simply Aid in Dying? And what, then, would the medical profession have to do with it?”

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The disaster of euthanasia

This letter was originally published in the French newspaper La Presse (>>), on December 10, 2016.


At the beginning of November, physicians from one of Montreal’s hospitals received a letter from the Professional Services Directorate, in which they were told of the “need [for] additional physicians for medically assisted death.”

Already, the friendly tone of the letter asking for the “help” of refractory physicians for euthanasia markedly contrasts the political discourse of the past months. However, the pleading tone of ...

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Alternatives to euthanasia

The following letter was published online on the National Post on November 1, 2016.

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Re: ‘Dad Got The Death He Wanted,’ Brian Hutchinson, Oct. 29.

I have a patient who is 92, lives alone, and is becoming more and more lonely and anxious as she gets frailer. Her son lives in another Canadian city, her daughter in the U.S. Her daughter and son-in-law looked around for a solution, and found a good one. They’re moving back to Canada, not ...

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Open letter to Mme Véronique Hivon

Open letter to Mme Véronique Hivon

 

Mme Hivon:

You label as « ideology » the decision made by the McGill University Health Centre to not euthanize patients on the palliative care ward.

“The patients at the end of life are the ones who should have their rights respected and be at the centre of the organization of care”, you say. If that is what you really believe, where were you when the number of palliative care beds at the MUHC was reduced for budgetary reasons? ...

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ADOPTION OF BILL C-14: A LETTER TO THE DOCTORS

Dear colleagues and friends,

With the adoption of Bill C-14 last Friday, euthanasia and assisted suicide are now legal everywhere in Canada. Today, I would like to reach out to all physicians across the country: those I have come to know through trying together to prevent this terrible law from being adopted, and many more I don’t know but who share our disbelief that our government has decided to promote death as a solution to suffering. Many ...

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Rally in Ottawa: solidarity as a cure

The Ottawa rally opposing euthanasia and assisted suicide, organized by the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, the Physicians Alliance against Euthanasia and Living with Dignity took place as planned, yesterday, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Hundreds of people had traveled to Ottawa, while a number of speakers took the stage both to denounce Bill C-14 and to reaffirm their opposition to euthanasia and assisted suicide.

All speakers (spokespersons of human rights organizations, MPs and members of the Senate) reminded the federal government ...

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The federal government provides exemptions for murder, aiding suicide and administering poison

Montreal, April 15, 2016 – In the midst of one of the worst suicide crises in our country’s history, the federal government has tabled Bill C-14, which proposes to legalize both euthanasia and assisted suicide across Canada under the pseudonym “medical assistance in dying”. The waltz of words continues, as we malign palliative care by presenting “medical assistance in dying” as the only alternative to an agonizingly painful death.

From the outset, the bill makes clear the gravity of what our ...

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Protect the vulnerable

Recent months have witnessed several sad and disappointing events for sick people in Canada. In Quebec it is now legal for a doctor to kill a patient who feels that he or she is suffering unbearably. We are aware of several deaths of patients under this law, including at least one who had a neurological disease and was not at the end of life as the law requires.

Last week, as you read in our mailing on Friday (>>) the Special ...

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The Special Joint Committee promotes access to death over protection of the living

The citizen network Living with Dignity and the Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia have examined the report of the Special Joint Committee on Medical Aid in Dying, which recommends, among other things, that by 2019, health professionals relieve the suffering of children by helping them commit suicide. Excluded from the  hearings, as were several other organizations concerned with the defense of vulnerable Canadians, LWD and the Alliance share the apprehensions of the authors of the dissenting report, who express their ...

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