Euthanasia

As of June 17, Bill C-14 became law after bouncing back and forth between the Senate and House of Commons. This formally legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. Although this is a tragic choice, our leaders did so in full knowledge of the consequences and a much better alternative.

ARPA’s Legal and Policy Resources on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia:

20 Jun 2017 Doctors sue Ontario government to defend the right to refuse to kill their own patients

Albertos Polizogopoulos, lawyer A three-judge panel of the Ontario Superior Court is now weighing the evidence and legal arguments on whether doctors in that province are entitled to conscience protection when it comes to issues such as euthanasia. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario adopted a policy last year requiring all doctors to, at very least, make a so-called "effective referral" for patients who express a desire for doctor-assisted suicide. Lawyer Albertos Polizogopoulos represented 5 doctors and several doctors’ groups that are trying to have that policy overturned. He...

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13 Jun 2017 LN Feature: Doctors – Moral Agents or “Technicians”?

- Bruce Clemenger, President, Evangetlical Fellowship of Canada There's an important court hearing starting in Ontario today. It involves the conscience rights of doctors; the notion that they should not be compelled to do things that run against their moral or religious beliefs. The regulatory body that governs the medical profession in Ontario has a policy that essentially takes away the freedom of doctors to apply their moral standards to certain medical procedures; specifically, euthanasia. That policy is being challenged in court. The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada is part of the...

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23 May 2017 Conscience Protection in Manitoba

Manitoba Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen The Manitoba government has introduced legislation to strengthen the notion of conscience protection for doctors and other healthcare professionals. Bill 34 is called the “Medical Assistance in Dying (Protection for Health Professionals and Others) Act”. Health Minister Kelvin Goertzen says it would prevent sanctions against a health professional who refuses to participate in a medically assisted death and ensure that medical professionals are not disciplined for their beliefs. The bill also prohibits a professional regulatory body – such as the College of Physicians and Surgeons – from requiring...

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16 May 2017 Special Donor Opportunity: ARPA’s Bible Project

Help us bring God’s Word to every MP, Senator, MLA and MPP in Canada!     This year marks the 150th birthday of Canada and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. To commemorate the special occasion, with your help, ARPA Canada is hoping to present a Bible to every one of our approximately 1,200 federal and provincial government officials. We plan to include a special card encouraging them to look to God’s Word for life and wisdom. “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me...

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04 May 2017 New Ontario bill would make participation in euthanasia voluntary

Take Action: Send an EasyMail letter to share your concerns with your MPP   A new private member’s bill in Ontario, Bill 129, would allow doctors and nurses to refuse to participate in “medical assistance in dying”. Progressive Conservative MPP Jeff Yurek tabled Bill 129 earlier this week. The bill would amend the Regulated Health Professions Act to protect all regulated health professionals against civil, administrative, disciplinary, employment, credentialing, or other penalties for refusing toparticipate, directly or indirectly, in MAID. The bill makes it clear that medical professionals will not have to refer patients for MAID,...

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18 Apr 2017 LN Feature: The Theology of Palliative Care

Dr. Theodore Van Raalte, Professor at Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary On the feature this week, a look at the theology that drives Christian opposition to euthanasia, and support for palliative care. Our guest is Dr. Theodore Van Raalte, a professor of ecclesiology and ethics at the Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Ontario. The audio is taken directly from the eighth instalment of ARPA Canada's Palliative Care video series. You can find the full video series here. How do we love our neighbour in a situation where love has been so redefined as to...

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