The majority of Canadian doctors are against euthanasia

A majority of the members of the Canadian Medical Association have taken position against euthanasia during consultations held during winter and spring. At the same time, they emphasized the inadequacy of palliative care services in Canada.

This was reported by the Association in a report entitled End of Life Care, a National Dialogue, released in July.

The CMA conducted several meetings in different parts of Canada and created a website for members to comment on various end-of-life care issues. Attendance at the ...

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Dr. Donald Boudreau and Margaret Somerville: Euthanasia is incompatible with Medicine

Dr. Donald Boudreau and Margaret Somerville: The Incompatibility of Euthanasia with Medicine. “Euthanasia is incompatible with medicine”, state Dr. Donald Boudreau and ethicist Margaret Somerville in a joint article published in July in the Journal Medicolegal and Bioethics.

The two experts from McGill University offer reflections of a multifaceted ethical nature. Here are some in summary:

  • Euthanasia contradicts the fundamental role of the physician, which is to heal. This role, they argue, cannot be exercised in a strictly technical sense, as it ...
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Dignity in the Eyes of Loved Ones

In the Ottawa Citizen on June 30, Dr. Rene Leiva wrote, “the sense of dignity comes first and foremost from the patient’s loved ones”.

For Dr. Leiva, who works in palliative care and care for the elderly, the ongoing debate on death “with dignity” too often misses the essential point by leading people to believe that dignity at end-of-life sometimes requires euthanasia.

The real answer lies elsewhere, he wrote. “The experience of many, including mine, is that the presence of a loved ...

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Euthanasia, An Issue that is more Societal than Medical

Euthanasia is a societal issue, not medical, and it is for doctors to kill, writes Dr. Martin Labrie and Dr. Jessica Simon in a letter published in the Calgary Herald on June 20.

Both palliative care physicians, the authors argue that discussions about euthanasia are based on several beliefs, often contradicted by experience, and yet presented as universally accepted facts.

They also say that doctors, who have not been trained to kill, are not currently better equipped than other professionals to ...

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Killing is Killing as Dr. Garrel says

Dr. Dominique Garrel, tenured Professor in the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montreal, restores the meaning of words in the debate on euthanasia, in a text published in La Presse, print version, on June 11:

Killing is killing. 

For the proponents of the law on end of life care, these words take the meaning that they want. We heard Mrs Hivon often explain that medical aid in dying fundamentally differs from euthanasia, as the latter is done against an individual’s desire. In a ...

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Four palliative care providers exclude medical aid in dying

Four Quebec residences, including Maison
Michel Sarrazin (first of its kind in Canada), have so far officially
said they would not practice “medical aid in dying”.

The other three, which consist of the West Island Palliative Care Residence in
Montreal, La Maison Au Diapason in Bromont, and Soli-Can in Lac Saint-Jean Est,
all announced that they will not introduce within their walls medical aid in
dying on request and stressed the incompatibility between this practice ...

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Euthanasia in Belgium: From Legalization to Promotion

Belgian physician Georges Casteur, board member of the Belgian Society of ethics and medical morality, states that the evolution of the practice of euthanasia in Belgium is a typical case of a slippery slope and predicts it will be the same in Quebec if Bill 52 is implemented.

At the invitation of the Physicians’ Alliance Against Euthanasia, Dr. Casteur gave a seminar on June 8 in Montreal, which can be watched here (in French), based on 11 years of experience of euthanasia in Belgium and the conclusions formulated ...

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Open Letter to Dr. Philippe Couillard

Dear Dr Couillard,

We congratulate you on your victory in the April 7 election. Nonetheless we feel compelled to express our deep disappointment, and that of many medical colleagues and other Quebec citizens, at your announcement the day after the election that you intend to reintroduce Bill 52, including medical aid in dying.

Knowing that in October 2013 you expressed serious reservations about the “medical aid in dying” component of Bill 52, we are mystified by your about-face on this very grave ...

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It’s Time to Act Again

After the majority win by Philippe Couillard and the Liberal Party during Monday’s elections, we received the bad news on Tuesday that Mr. Couillard intends on going forward with the end-of-life bill, which includes medical-assisted death.  This has come about despite half of his caucus in the last government being opposed to it and even he himself having expressed reservations on the subject last fall.
Their position has been taken.  It is time ...
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Debate on Bill 52 at the CHUM

Dr. Patrick Vinay, from the Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia, and Dr. Yvette Lajeunesse, responsible for teaching ethics to pre- graduates students at the University of Montreal will hold a debate (in French) on Bill 52 Wednesday, April 9.

We encourage you to attend this debate and share your point of view, especially since the event will be held two days after the provincial election. Your involvement can make a difference. On the program for the debate between the two speakers :

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