Medical Aid in Dying: the moment of truth has come

Montreal, September 3, 2015 – The announcement by the Collège des médecins of the imminent publication of the administrative protocol for “medical aid in dying”, a euphemism for euthanasia, led to a number of untimely and false statements from several authorities.

Throughout the debate that led to the adoption of Bill 52, An Act regarding end of life care, Living with Dignity and the Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia have always acted with great respect for  truth and dignity. Therefore, the two organizations, together representing over ...

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End of Life Care Debates at the CMA and CMPA Annual Meetings

End of life care was in the news last week. The Carter decision, and the question of whether a doctor should be obliged to participate in assisted suicide, were hotly debated at the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Canadian Medical Protective Association (CMPA) annual meetings in Halifax August 23-26.

At the CMA a strategic session entitled “Principles-based approach to assisted dying in Canada” was held on August 25. Given that in an online survey of the Association’s membership only 29 ...

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Euthanasia at the Heart of the Federal Election

While the federal election campaign is in full swing, the question of Euthanasia is beginning to make its way among major election issues in healthcare. Indeed, the next federal government will have the mandate to enact a law before February 6 in response to the Supreme Court’s judgment on “medical assistance in dying.”

To stimulate discussions, the Ontario Ministry of Health has announced the creation of a second Expert Advisory Group in addition to the Federal External Panel set ...

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Contact the Panel and share your point of view

The External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada (euthanasia and assisted-suicide) has announced that it is suspending direct consultations during the election period and that it will resume direct consultations, as soon as practical, following the election on October 19th, 2015. The Panel has also announced its intention to continue a passive approach to consultation during the election period. This means that the web site (www.ep-ce.ca) will continue to receive submissions and the on-line consultation ...

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Participate in the expert panel’s consultation

The website for the expert panel on assisted suicide and euthanasia is now public. They announce several upcoming consultation methods which will be made available soon. We urge you to go on the site and leave your details to receive the relevant information once these consultation methods are made available.

Important links:

The site advises that the consultations will target 4 fundamental questions:

  • Different forms ...
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Campaign “Give us time”

A new campaign was launched to ask the federal government to invoke the notwithstanding clause to give Parliament more than a year to develop effective physician-assisted suicide legislation. See the campaign on the Give Us Time site.

The Physicians’ Alliance fully supports this campaign and encourages you to participate.

All you have to do is print, sign and mail the postcard. If you aren’t in a position to print the card, we can send you ...

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Lawsuit – Update

As you know, in July 2014 Living with Dignity and the Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia filed a motion in the Superior Court, District of Montreal, to seek to have declared invalid all the provisions of An Act concerning end-of-life care dealing with "medical aid in dying".

Following the catastrophic decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Carter legalising physician-assisted suicide, and as we do not know how the federal government will react, we ...

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Lawsuit to protect physicians’ freedom of conscience in Ontario

The Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada (CMDS) filed a lawsuit against a new College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) policy which infringes upon Ontario doctors’ freedom of conscience. The Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia supports the CMDS’ efforts in this matter. The issue of freedom of conscience is an important factor in assisted suicide and euthanasia.

The new CPSO policy would require a physician to make formal referrals or ...

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Protect the freedom of conscience of physicians to protect patients

For the Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia, it is particularly important in the current context to ensure the right of physicians not only to refuse to commit acts of euthanasia or assisted suicide themselves, but also to ensure the right to refuse to become actors in a chain leading to such acts, if they consider them harmful both to patients directly affected and to vulnerable populations.

On the one hand, the committing an indirect act ...

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Assisted death: Time to act

Once more, it is time to act on the issue of assisted suicide. Write to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Justice Minister Peter MacKay, as well as to your MP, to ask them to use the notwithstanding clause of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to counter the recent decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in the Carter case.

As you probably know, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously decided that in certain circumstances physiacian-assisted ...

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