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:

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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13 Apr 2017 Robert Frost and euthanasia: The folly of downward comparisons

             Portrait of Robert Frost by A. Allyn Bishop By André Schutten Have you ever heard a euthanasia advocate argue that to force grandma to live in pain is to treat her worse than a dog? The assumption is that if euthanasia is compassionate for the dog, it’s compassionate for the human: “I put my dog down because of horrible pain, so why can’t we put grandma down too?” The simple answer: “Because grandma is not a dog.” As Barbara Kay eloquently wrote in the National Post a few...

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04 Apr 2017 Euthanasia happening without regulations in Canada

ARPA Canada lawyer, John Sikkema ARPA Canada is launching a campaign for better reporting and regulations around doctor-assisted suicide. Bill C-14, which legalized the practice last year, envisioned that MAiD would include some regulation. But the way the bill is worded is a bit unusual. It says the Health Minister “must make regulations that he or she considers necessary" on the issue. Those rules are supposed to take effect by June, but ARPA lawyer John Sikkema says the notion that the minister can decide whether or not the regulations are "considered necessary"...

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04 Apr 2017 LN Feature: An Impossible Dilemma

Larry Worthen, The Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada On the feature this week, we have Larry Worthen from the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada. Mr. Worthen gave testimony last week to the Standing Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs at the Ontario Legislature. The Committee is considering Bill 84, a law that would impose some regulations on the provision of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) in the Ontario context, and Worthen’s submission to the Committee centred on the need for “conscience protections” for medical professionals as part...

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28 Mar 2017 Canada Must Start Monitoring “Medically Assisted Dying”

Take Action: Send an EasyMail letter to share your concerns with your MP and MPP    When the Supreme Court of Canada legalized assisted suicide in Carter (2015), it allayed concerns about abuse by quoting the words of the trial judge, who said the risks of legalized assisted suicide can be minimized (not eliminated) through a “carefully designed system that imposes strict limits that are scrupulously monitored and enforced.” Put another way, only through a carefully designed system that is “scrupulously monitored and enforced” can the inherent risks of a legalized assisted suicide regime...

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28 Mar 2017 Canadian doctors harvesting organs from euthanized patients

ARPA's Director of Law and Policy, André Schutten The National Post published an article last week about one of the unintended consequences of the legalization of euthanasia in Canada. The article, headlined "Doctors Harvesting Organs from Canadian Patients who underwent Medically Assisted Death", outlines the ethical dilemma that's starting to crop up in particular euthanasia cases. The article poses the question: “what if people agree to donate (their organs), but then change their mind about hastening death? Would they feel compelled to follow through with the act, knowing the chosen recipients are waiting...

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