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:

24 Sep 2013 ARPA signs Joint Statement to withdraw Quebec’s Bill 52

As Quebec seeks to flout a federal ban on euthanasia by adopting its own law legalizing the practice, national organizations across Canada have banded together to oppose such a move through a Joint Statement. The Statement, released by LifeCanada, has been signed by 15 organizations, calling on Quebec to rescind Bill 52. The Statement asks lawmakers not only in Quebec, but also throughout the rest of Canada to attend to their duty of caring for the most vulnerable in society. It says Bill 52 would signal "a momentous shift in medical ethics and public policy." "We know that with the acceptance and legalization of [euthanasia] comes an immense loss of commitment to people's lives, a loss of incentive to provide quality end of life care, a weakening of the resolve of the health care profession to truly work for the benefit of patients, and an opening for abuse of the vulnerable who have no one to advocate for them," the Statement reads.
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12 Apr 2013 ARPA Interview with Dr. Margaret Somerville

Is there any hope for an abortion law in Canada? Is the euthanasia lobby an unstoppable train? Dr. Margaret Somerville is Canada's most well known ethicist. She is also the media's most sought-after academic as she addresses issues that pertain to science, law, and medicine. She recently sat down with ARPA's director Mark Penninga to discuss the future of abortion and euthanasia law in Canada.  ...

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10 Dec 2012 Rasouli case has huge implications for end of life care

Today, the Supreme Court of Canada heard oral arguments for the Cuthbertson v.Rasouli case. The case will determine whether physicians are required to obtain consent from a patient or their substitute decision maker before withdrawing life support. The case is about an Ontario man who became comatose following complications with a relatively minor brain surgery. While his condition has since improved, at the time the legal proceedings began, his physicians determined that he was in a persistent vegetative state, had no hope of recovery and should be withdrawn from life support. His family, including his wife who is a physician, disagreed with the diagnosis and sought a court order to prevent the doctors from removing Mr. Rasouli from life support.
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14 Jul 2012 How About the Right to Cry for Help?

Amy Hasbrouck, from the disability rights group Not Dead Yet writes an excellent op-ed in the Montreal Gazette on the recent B.C. court ruling that threw out Canada’s laws on assisted suicide and euthanasia. Hasbrouck ably demonstrates that the decision is laden with discrimination towards those who suffer from disabilities. Here are a couple of excerpts from her article titled, How about the right to cry for help? It’s one thing when a random guy walks up to you on the street and says, “I’d rather be dead than be like you.” It’s...

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15 Jun 2012 B.C. judge strikes down assisted-suicide ban

ARPA Note: Find an excellent commentary on the decision here. Also, thank you to Garett Vane and the ARPA folks from BC's Lower Mainland who were able to witness at the steps of the BC Supreme Court, both when the case started and again when the decision was made public. Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Press release, June 15 2012: The BC Supreme Court released its decision in Carter v. AG Canada today. The decision carves exceptions into the laws allowing Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in Canada. The Federal Parliament of Canada recently considered legalization of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in a bill that came before the House in 2010. Bill C-384 was overwhelmingly defeated based upon concerns related to the prospect of the abuse of seniors, people with disabilities, the lack of an effective national suicide prevention strategy, and the lack of access to good palliative care in Canada.
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23 Mar 2012 Legislative Committee on Euthanasia: Just Ignore the Law!

ARPA Note: We provided a 12 page submission to this committee, urging them to see the dangers of euthanasia and assisted suicide. It is a sad and troubling day when our authorities urge the Attorney General to ignore the law and turn a blind eye to euthanasia. Please consider writing a letter to the editor of your local paper. You are welcome to borrow arguments from our submission. Montreal Gazette, March 22 2012: A committee of the Quebec National Assembly unanimously recommended Thursday that rules be established to shelter...

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07 Mar 2012 How To Die In Oregon: Our Culture’s Dance with the Devil

DVD review by Jonathon VanMaren (www.reformedprolifer.com): Generally, people don’t like a story where all the main characters die. However, that is precisely the point of a new HBO documentary entitled How to Die in Oregon, which traces the lives—and deaths–of a number of people after the passage of Oregon’s notorious 1994 assisted suicide, or “Die with Dignity” law. The documentary begins with a morbid scene of a volunteer from an assisted suicide group called “Compassion and Choices” asking an old man surrounded by his...

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14 Nov 2011 Dozens Gather on Steps of BC Supreme Court to Oppose Euthanasia

Well over a dozen ARPA readers joined a much larger group on the steps of the BC Supreme Court this morning, facing a multitude of TV cameras and reporters, to send a loud and clear message that Canada must close the door to state-sanctioned death by means of euthanasia and assisted suicide. The group assembled in response to the opening day of hearings in a case that has the potential to strike down Canada's laws against assisted suicide. Garett Vane, a member of Langley ARPA and one of the organizers of the demonstration, noted that he was impressed by the turnout of both the media and the many citizens who braved the cold to hold signs. "There is no doubt that this case is a big news story" he commented. "The press showed up already before 5:30 am." The demonstration was organized by the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, which also has intervenor status in the case. At the time of writing this article, there were already over 100 news stories on the topic, according to Google News.
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31 Aug 2011 Euthanasia on the CBC

ARPA Update: CBC Radio has posted the episode online. You can listen to it here. The Current, a morning program on CBC RadioOne, aired an episode about the challenge to the Canadian laws against assisted suicide this morning from 8:30 to 9:00. It sounded more like an endorsement for the practice than investigative journalism. ARPA Canada submitted the following letter to CBC: Good morning, I caught the last fifteen minutes of The Current this morning on CBC RadioOne on my drive in to work, as the interviewer was speaking with Grace Pastine, the litigation director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA). The interviewer asked two questions. First: will physician-assisted suicide lead to the elderly feeling obligated to exit this life? Second: is legalized assisted suicide actually cruel to those suffering?
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