Euthanasia

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12 Apr 2018 The euthanasia of elderly couple demonstrates the practice continues to spiral out of control in Canada

by Lighthouse News The deaths of an elderly couple in Toronto late last month has raised serious questions over how far Canada’s legal and medical system has gone to accommodate euthanasia, more euphemistically called, “Medical Assistance in Dying” (MAiD). On March 27th, George and Shirley Brickenden were euthanized as they lay side-by-side in their bed at a Toronto-area retirement home.  Mr. and Mrs. Brickenden were both in their 90s. Three of their children sat at the foot of their bed while two doctors simultaneously administered the lethal injections that killed them. The Brickendens...

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10 Apr 2018 LN feature: Couple 72 years married euthanized together

Albert Mohler On the feature this week, a world-view analysis of a recent case of doctor-assisted suicide. George and Shirley Brickenden were both euthanized, together, in their bed at a Toronto-area retirement home. Mr. and Mrs. Brickenden were both in their 90's.  They had been married for almost 73 years, and made a deliberate decision that they wanted to die together. This week, we feature an edited rebroadcast of a portion of a program called "The Briefing" by Dr. Albert Mohler from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in which he analyses some of the...

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27 Mar 2018 LN feature: I have a right to live! – Ontario refuses home care for man with terminal illness

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition A man in London, Ontario has launched a lawsuit that could potentially provide a counterbalance to the so-called "Carter Decision", in which the Supreme Court legalized euthanasia in Canada just over two years ago. 42-year old Roger Foley is in hospital with a debilitating condition. He was originally being cared for at home, but the home care he was getting was clearly substandard. It included food poisoning and other problems. But he's been offered Medical Assistance in Dying in a hospital. Now, he's suing to get out...

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20 Feb 2018 Must doctors facilitate euthanasia? Appeal to Ontario’s highest court

Larry Worthen, Executive Director of the Christian Medical and Dental Society There is going to be an appeal of a January 31st Ontario Superior Court ruling on conscience rights for doctors and other health care professionals. In that ruling, the court acknowledged that doctors rights to freedom of religion were violated by a policy imposed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario; a policy that required so-called "effective referral" for patients who wanted so-called "Medical Assistance in Dying." However, the court said, those rights were trumped by the rights of...

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20 Feb 2018 LN feature: Opposing Fraser Health’s mandate on assisted suicide in BC

Tamara Jansen The ARPA Chapter in Langley, BC, hosted a meeting earlier this month to push back against an effort by Fraser Health - the local body governing health care in the Fraser Valley - to introduce "MAiD" (Medical Assistance in Dying) into the community Hospice facility in Langley. More than 300 people, many of them doctors and other health care professionals, attended the meeting. On the feature this week, and interview with Tamara Jansen, who's with the Langley ARPA chapter, and helped to put that meeting together.  (You can watch a...

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07 Feb 2018 Help us bring better palliative care to Ontario

MPP Sam Oosterhoff Member of Provincial Parliament Sam Oosterhoff put forward the Compassionate Care Act (Bill 182) in the Ontario legislature last fall. Currently the bill has passed second reading and has been referred to committee. The Compassionate Care Act is a step to ensure that palliative care is an option for more Ontarians. It requires the Minister of Health and Long-term Care to develop a provincial framework to identify the value of palliative care and what it will take to promote it as an option in Ontario’s health care system through...

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07 Feb 2018 Ontario Court decides it’s reasonable to force doctors to refer for assisted suicide

Ontario doctors who have religious or conscientious objections to practices such as abortion or doctor-assisted suicide (euphemistically called Medical Assistance in Dying) will nevertheless have to give effective referrals to their patients for the procedures. Either that, or they’ll have to change their medical specialties into areas where these things are not an issue. That’s the upshot of a unanimous ruling of a 3-judge panel of the Ontario Superior Court, issued on January 31st. The ruling addresses a legal challenge filed by the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada (CMDS), several...

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19 Dec 2017 LN Feature: 2017: A Year in Review

André Schutten, Director of Law and Policy - ARPA Canada LN: Mark, let's start with you. Let's start with a broad overview of some of the organizational highlights we've seen in the past year. Give me some of those highlights. MP: Yeah. I could touch on our first-ever God and Government Youth Conference, the big legal win we had against the Province of Ontario in the FIPPA case; maybe the Bibles that went to every federal and provincial (elected) government official in our land. Those were big developments, and there was many...

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12 Dec 2017 Progress on palliative care

MP Marilyn Gladu MPP Sam Oosterhoff Bill C-277 is expected to become law today. This is the “Framework on Palliative Care in Canada Act”, first put forward as a private member’s bill by Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu. The bill calls for the development of a national palliative care strategy. It passed the House of Commons with all-party support earlier this year, and it cleared the Senate last Friday. Royal Assent is set to happen today. Meanwhile, there’s also a push underway in Ontario to expand palliative care services. Sam Oosterhoff, the MPP for...

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09 Nov 2017 Passed: Manitoba’s Bill 34 to protect conscience rights

**UPDATE: Bill 34 passed the Manitoba Legislature unanimously. Please be sure to thank your MLA. You can use our EasyMail here.** Following the federal government’s law that legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide in 2016, Manitoba’s PC government introduced Bill 34 to protect the conscience rights of medical professionals who rightly don’t believe it is ethical to assist in killing. Already at the bill’s introduction the Manitoba NDP opposed it, saying it was unnecessary. Since then, it appears the NDP and independent MLA Steven Fletcher may be trying to directly or indirectly stall...

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