A First Year of Euthanasia in Quebec

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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.

We are also concerned about the issues raised by the study published ...

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C-14 now law: the resistance continues

The federal government’s bill C-14 was adopted this past Friday, June 17th 2016, by a majority of Senate members.

As of today, the Criminal Code contains “exemptions from the offences of culpable homicide, of aiding suicide and of administering a noxious thing, in order to permit medical practitioners and nurse practitioners to provide medical assistance in dying and to permit pharmacists and other persons to assist in the process” (>>).

In other words, the government has given a special permission ...

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The federal government provides exemptions for murder, aiding suicide and administering poison

Montreal, April 15, 2016 – In the midst of one of the worst suicide crises in our country’s history, the federal government has tabled Bill C-14, which proposes to legalize both euthanasia and assisted suicide across Canada under the pseudonym “medical assistance in dying". The waltz of words continues, as we malign palliative care by presenting "medical assistance in dying" as the only alternative to an agonizingly painful death.

From the outset, the bill makes clear the gravity of what our ...

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The Special Joint Committee promotes access to death over protection of the living

The citizen network Living with Dignity and the Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia have examined the report of the Special Joint Committee on Medical Aid in Dying, which recommends, among other things, that by 2019, health professionals relieve the suffering of children by helping them commit suicide. Excluded from the  hearings, as were several other organizations concerned with the defense of vulnerable Canadians, LWD and the Alliance share the apprehensions of the authors of the dissenting report, who express their ...

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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.

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