The Return of Bloodletting: Welcome to 2016

NOTE: The original article was published in French in the Huffintgon Post on December 23, 2015 (link here >>).

The official entry into force of the articles of the law on "medical aid in dying" marks the beginning of the end of professional judgment and medical expertise. Medicine just made a big step backwards exacerbating an unhealthy social wound: the answer to human suffering is too complex (and too costly) to cope with.

With this in mind, we are presented ...

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The Quebec Court of Appeal judgment does not end the dispute

Today, the Quebec Court of Appeal declared that the Criminal Code provisions "that prohibit medical aid in dying cannot by themselves prevent the entry into force and implementation" of the provisions of the Act respecting end-of-life care related to medical aid in dying since they were declared invalid by the Supreme Court of Canada in the Carter decision (at para. 44). We take note of this decision but we still deplore this choice as an answer to end-of-life suffering.

It should ...

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Provincial-Territorial Group seeks death on demand for all (even for children)

We read with dismay the final report of the Provincial-Territorial Advisory Group that was published on November 30. The 43 recommendations in the report clearly have no other goal than the unfettered promotion of euthanasia and assisted suicide throughout Canada. The report’s authors abandon all caution, make no attempt to prevent harm, and demolish all the safeguards, however minimal, that the Supreme Court of Canada included in the Carter decision, interpreting them all with the undisguised intention of mandating death ...

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What Happened to the Other Side of the Coin?

NOTE: This is the English translation of a French article that was published in the Huffington Post (link to the article here >>)

Since the judgment of the Superior Court of Quebec, we are seeing an outcry of injustice in the media. Gone are the days when positions were justified in favor of euthanasia on the basis of legal judgments serving as our moral authority. It seems now that authority is granted only to institutions that think a certain ...

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COURT AUTHORIZES QUEBEC TO APPEAL THE DECISION OF THE SUPERIOR COURT

In a decision rendered yesterday, the Quebec Court of Appeal authorized the Government of Quebec to appeal the decision that the Superior Court rendered on December 1 declaring inoperative all the articles related to medical aid in dying until a federal law is written.

In yesterday’s judgment, after emphasizing the fact that to suspend the articles related to medical aid in dying would prevent some citizens from taking advantage of them, the appeal judge declared that it is an important social ...

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