Euthanasia and Alzheimer’s: Canada takes a step in the wrong direction

The euthanasia machine has once again become activated, following the “compassionate” murder of a woman with advanced stage Alzheimer’s. However, wanting to broaden the law to give advanced consent to suicide – through an advance directive – raises many ethical and moral questions.

What is the status of people with dementia such as Alzheimer’s? Are we talking about a subcategory of human beings that could be eliminated if their “old self” asked for it? Are there categories of “unworthy” people?

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Suicide prevention or aid to suicide?

NOTE: The original article was published in French in the Huffintgon Post on February 8, 2017 (read original article here >>).

A 41-year-old man, father to two children, decided to put an end to his days because he suffered from a dependence on alcohol. A young girl ended her life because she suffered from being sexually abused as a child. Others have put an end to their lives because they were depressed, tired of living, or because ...

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A First Year of Euthanasia in Quebec


Montreal, January 24, 2017 – December 10th 2016 marked the end of the first year of euthanasia in Quebec, better known under the euphemism “medical aid in dying”.

Living with Dignity is very concerned that the government of Quebec is prioritizing euthanasia to the detriment of significant improvements in palliative care, which were promised by the Couillard government prior to the coming into force of the Act Respecting End-of-Life Care.

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Challenges and opportunities every year

The year 2016 ends as it began: with challenges and opportunities!

First of all, as promised in its legislation, the federal government announced that it has officially launched studies to examine the possibility of extending its criteria (already!). Thus, as of December 2018, euthanasia and assisted suicide could be requested via advance directives, as well as by children and people with mental illness (>>). It goes without saying that we will actively participate in public debates to prevent these dangerous ...

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Downplay bothering statistics

At the end of October, I went to Windsor, Ontario to participate at the annual Symposium of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, where I was invited to present a summary of the euthanasia situation in Quebec. This year’s annual meeting had a very powerful theme: resisting euthanasia and assisted suicide. Once again, this event has given rise to very good exchanges and a rich sharing of experiences and understanding of current issues, both in Canada and elsewhere in the world.

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