Euthanasia without consent: ruthless pity

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Montreal, February 27, 2017. A man kills his wife in a fit of rage, or discouragement, or desperation. We may know with time what made Michel Cadotte crack (“craquer”, as he posted on Facebook after the deed); all we know now is that a vulnerable woman was killed, and by her own husband. We are saddened by Jocelyne Lizotte’s death.

We are outraged at the isolation experienced by her husband (“Personne ne m’a demandé comment je vais”) and by ...

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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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In response to the adoption of bill C-14

Montreal, June 21, 2016 – With the adoption of Bill C-14 last Friday, euthanasia and assisted suicide are now legal everywhere in Canada. We can’t yet fathom all the challenges the medical profession will be facing in the coming months and years.

In our work over the past years, trying to prevent the Quebec and Canadian euthanasia laws, we have met hundreds of doctors who share our disbelief that governments in Canada would even consider promoting death as a solution to suffering. ...

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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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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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The Quebec Court of Appeal judgment does not end the dispute

December 22, 2015 – The Quebec Court of Appeal declared that the Criminal Code provisions “that prohibit medical aid in dying cannot by themselves prevent the entry into force and implementation” of the provisions of the Act respecting end-of-life care related to medical aid in dying since they were declared invalid by the Supreme Court of Canada in the Carter decision (at para. 44). We take note of this decision but we still deplore this choice as an answer to ...

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Provincial-Territorial Group seeks death on demand for all (even for children)

We read with dismay the final report of the Provincial-Territorial Advisory Group that was published on November 30. The 43 recommendations in the report clearly have no other goal than the unfettered promotion of euthanasia and assisted suicide throughout Canada. The report’s authors abandon all caution, make no attempt to prevent harm, and demolish all the safeguards, however minimal, that the Supreme Court of Canada included in the Carter decision, interpreting them all with the undisguised intention of mandating death ...

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THE SUPERIOR COURT CALLS THE GOVERNMENT OF QUEBEC TO ORDER

In a decision rendered  on December 1st, the Superior Court of Quebec calls to order the Quebec government that attempted to have “medical aid in dying” recognized as a medical care while in practice, as highlighted by the Court, it is indeed euthanasia of human beings.

Consequently, it declares inoperative all the articles of the Act respecting end-of-life care (the “Act“) related to “medical aid in dying” that were to come into force on December 10 until the effective date of ...

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Montreal Symposium: Theory and Reality about Euthanasia

MONTREAL, Oct. 30, 2015 – The Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia, the Living with Dignity network and the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition are coming together for a one day conference on Saturday October 31, 2015 at the Best Western Ville Marie hotel, to discuss our common concerns and directions.

The Quebec euthanasia experiment is scheduled to begin on December 10. The vast majority of physicians around the world have always rejected euthanasia, above all because it ...

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Assisted suicide and euthanasia: political parties are fleeing their responsibilities

The election campaign is moving ahead and politicians are firing out their promises. Yet despite their life or death implication for all Canadians, the issues of assisted suicide and euthanasia remain taboo!  The next government will have as a first duty the enormous responsibility of passing a law to regulate assisted suicide in time for the Supreme Court’s February 6, 2016 deadline.

Moreover, the aggressive reaction of Quebec politicians against palliative care professionals who refuse to kill people under their care ...

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