Vol. 24


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  Living With Dignity Newsletter
  Vol. 24

A Word from the Director

During the month of November, as the world’s most extreme (or most transparent?) supporter of assistance in suicide promoted his horrible euthanasia machine with a detachable coffin, our Quebec politicians bickered about whether the Quebec government should ask the courts to clarify the concept of “reasonably foreseeable death” in the federal law on assisted suicide.

One again, always obsessed with one side of the story that only thinks of extending euthanasia to a greater number of suffering people, our public decision-makers have not been able to see the threats that, before our very eyes, dangerously await vulnerable people in Quebec and their loved ones.

Thus, in a landscape that increasingly preaches death as a solution to suffering, the troubling picture that emerged from a survey by the Association des proches aidants de la Captiale-Nationale should have been seen as an alarm signal by these same politicians. Indeed, the results show that 49% of family caregivers in the Quebec City area are physically taxed by their responsibilities while 57% say they are at the end of their rope psychologically.

With this in mind, the results of the University of Sherbrooke survey published last month take a distressing turn, which is no longer anecdotal: the survey indicated that 91% of caregivers interviewed would agree to extend euthanasia to terminally ill people, and 72% said they were in favour even in the absence of prior consent of the person who had become incapable.

To heed the warning of Mr. Pierre Côté, a consultant to the APACN, “the tsunami is coming. We are almost in it. In 10 years, it will be terrible. It is important to act quickly to be prepared for the aging of the population and all that it will imply in the coming years.”

In light of these findings, should not our politicians rather ask themselves how to better support the people (most of them women) called to care for a spouse or parent who is aging, sick, or losing autonomy?

For our part, rest assured that Living with Dignity will continue to speak for those who want to build a caring society rather than one that offers death to people who need help. We count on your support, and encourage you to participate in the debate by calling phone-in programs, writing to media, contacting your MNA and writing comments on articles that defend our vision.

I thank you in advance for your support,

In solidarity,


Aubert MARTIN, executive director, Living with Dignity


News in Quebec

  • October 26, 2017: some Quebec patients receive assisted suicide without fulfilling the criteria. (>>)
  • October 31, 2017: the Association of Caregivers of the Capitale-Nationale (APACN) unveiled the results of a survey on the perception of caregivers of assisted suicide. (>>)
  • November 16, 2017: the Quebec government will not ask the courts to clarify the "reasonably foreseeable death concept" contained in the federal law on assisted suicide, as it had called for in March. (>>)
  • November 27, 2017: Véronique Hivon calls on Quebec Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée to reconsider her decision, and ask the Court of Appeal to clarify the notion of "reasonably foreseeable death" in the federal law on medical assistance in dying. (>>)


News in Canada

  • November 22, 2017: According to a survey conducted by the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS), paediatricians are already increasingly being asked by parents to euthanize disabled or dying children and infants (>>)



  • Allocution d'Aubert Martin lors de la conférence "Ne gaspillez pas votre mort". Regarder la vidéo >>
  • Quebec moves toward euthanasia for dementia: Article from Aubert Martin on Quebec’s steps towards legalizing euthanasia for those who are unable to provide consent. Read more >>



  • Stand firm: “Give the Devil his due”, states a familiar proverb. And in some ways, our adversaries do deserve to be held up in example. Monthly editorial message from the Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia. Read more >>


DOSSIERS (French and English)

  • Les proches aidants « meurent à la tâche » Les proches aidants sont à bout de souffle et « meurent à la tâche », alors qu’un proche aidant sur deux se dit épuisé physiquement et psychologiquement, selon une étude menée par l’Association des proches aidants de la Capitale-Nationale (APACN). Lire l’article >>
  • Les proches aidants à bout de souffle : Le manque de ressources et l’isolement imposent un stress devenu insoutenable pour les proches aidants, à telle enseigne que 52 % d’entre eux sont favorables au recours à l’aide médicale à mourir sans le consentement préalable de la personne devenue inapte. Le tiers se dit tiraillé ou ambivalent à l’égard de cette délicate question. Lire l’article >>


Highlights from around the world (English and French)

  • Major end of life conferences organised by world medical association: Two more major conferences on end of life issues have been announced by the World Medical Association as part of a review of its policy on euthanasia and physician assisted dying. Read more >>
  • Nitschke designs new euthanasia machine with detachable coffin: Australia’s best-known euthanasia activist, Dr. Philip Nitschke, has proposed a 3D-printed capsule that would make euthanasia more accessible than ever. Read more >>
  • L’association médicale mondiale organise des conférences déterminantes sur la fin de vie : Deux autres grandes conférences consacrées à la fin de vie ont été annoncées par l’Association médicale mondiale, dans le cadre de la révision de sa politique relative à l’euthanasie et au suicide médicalement assisté. Lire l’article >>
  • La légalisation du suicide assisté augmente le nombre de suicides : Selon une étude réalisée il y a peu par des chercheurs britanniques, David Jones et David Paton, la légalisation le suicide assisté dans certains états a mené à une augmentation des taux de suicides assistés et non-assistés dans ces mêmes états. Read more >>
  • Onu : vers la fin de la déclaration universelle des droits de l’homme ? Alors que les membres du Comité des droits de l’homme de l’ONU cherche à interpréter l’article 6 du Pacte relatif aux droits civils qui porte sur le droit à la vie, Claire de La Hougue, docteur en droit et expert Gènéthique dénonce les incohérences d’une position dramatique. Lire l’article >>
  • L’Australie fait un pas vers l’euthanasie : L’État de Victoria est en passe de devenir le premier état dans le pays à autoriser cette pratique. Mais sous certaines conditions. Lire l’article >>


Euthanasia and assisted suicide news around the world (English and French)

  • AUSTRALIA: New South Wales Australia defeats euthanasia bill: A euthanasia bill in the Australian state of New South Wales has been defeated. Read more >>
  • BELGIUM: Doctor's final fix for mother's depression: Death: An oncologist in Belgium delivered to a woman his final solution for depression over a lost relationship with a partner and distant relationships with her children: death. Read more >>
  • NETHERLANDS: 'Any taboo has gone': Netherlands sees rise in demand for euthanasia: The number of people euthanised in the Netherlands this year is set to exceed 7,000 – a 67% rise from five years ago – in what has been described by the director of the country’s only specialist clinic as the end of “a taboo” on killing patients who want to die. Read more >>
  • NETHERLANDS: Euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands increasing quickly: As reported by The Guardian News, the number of euthanasia deaths will exceed 7000 in 2017 representing, at least, a 67% increase in deaths since 2012. Read more >>
  • NETHERLANDS: Netherlands 2016 euthanasia deaths increase by another 10%: The Dutch News reported that the number of reported assisted deaths increased by 10% in 2016 to 6091 reported assisted deaths, representing 4% of all deaths in the Netherlands. Read more >>
  • SWITZERLAND: Assisted suicide increasingly popular in Switzerland: In 2015, 965 Swiss residents used assisted suicide services in Switzerland, according to the latest figures from the Swiss statistics office. That’s up from 742 the year before and a remarkable rise on the year 2000 when only 86 people resorted to assisted suicide. Read more >>
  • UNITED KINGDOM: Man died in euthanasia clinic after acid attack, murder trial told: An engineer who was left paralysed and disfigured after an acid attack allegedly carried out by his jealous ex-girlfriend died in a euthanasia clinic 15 months later having decided he could not face a life of pain. Read more >>
  • UNITED STATES (NEW YORK): New York Court of Appeals found that "aid-in-dying" is assisted suicide and there is no right to assisted suicide: In a unanimous decision by the New York Court of Appeals in Meyers v. Schneiderman, the court found that aid-in-dying is assisted suicide and that there is no right to assisted suicide in New York. Read more >>
  • BELGIQUE : Vers un débat national sur l’euthanasie des malades psychiatriques ? Quarante-deux psychiatres, psychologues et universitaires ont publié une lettre ouverte appelant à un « débat national sur l’euthanasie et la maladie mentale » en Belgique. Lire l’article >>
  • PAYS BAS : l’efficacité de la réglementation néerlandaise mise en doute : Une étude menée par le National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggère que les comités néerlandais chargés d’évaluer les cas d’euthanasie (RTE) se concentreraient essentiellement sur le respect de la procédure, « sans vérifier si le patient était véritablement admissible à une euthanasie ».  Lire l’article >>
  • PAYS-BAS : le contrôle de l’euthanasie remis en cause par des chercheurs américains : La loi dépénalisant l’euthanasie et le suicide assisté aux Pays-Bas se décrit comme stricte et rigoureuse, et pourtant, une étude menée par David Miller and Dr Scott Kim du département de bioéthique au National Institutes of Health (NIH) (USA) suggère le contraire. Lire l’artice >>
  • PAYS-BAS : Simple comme une euthanasie aux Pays-Bas ! Deux chercheurs du département de bioéthique du National Institutes of Health alertent, à la suite d’une enquête, sur les dysfonctionnements des comités d’évaluation de l’euthanasie, chargés aux Pays-Bas de vérifier à la fois les procédures administratives mais aussi l’admissibilité des patients à cette pratique. Lire l’article >>
  • SUISSE : Exit ouvre le débat de l'aide au suicide pour le 3e âge, interview de sa présidente : L'association Exit Suisse alémanique estime que l'accès au suicide assisté pour les personnes âgées non atteintes d'une maladie grave mais qui souhaitent mourir devrait être facilité. Interview de sa présidente, Saskia Frei. Lire l’article >>
  • SUISSE : La Suisse s’interroge sur le "suicide assisté": L’association d’aide au suicide Exit, en Suisse alémanique, a mis sur pied, samedi, un groupe de travail qui sera chargée d’évaluer la possibilité de proposer ses services aux personnes âgées en bonne santé mais qui sont fatiguées de vivre. Lire l’article >>
  • SUISSE : Le suicide assisté en forte hausse en suisse : La Suisse enregistre une forte hausse de suicides assistés sur son sol : 965 personnes ont « pris une substance létale » en 2015 contre 742 en 2014 et 86 en 2000. Des chiffres qui ne tiennent compte que des « personnes résidant » dans le pays : ils ne comptabilisent pas les étrangers venus pour « mourir en Suisse ».  Lire l’article >>
  • SUISSE : Grippe et canicule ont causé un nombre très élevé de décès en 2015 : Au total, la Suisse a enregistré 67'606 décès en 2015, selon la dernière statistique des causes de décès publiée par l’Office fédéral de la statistique (OFS). De plus, chaque année, le nombre total de morts augmente de quelque 500 en raison du nombre croissant de personnes âgées en Suisse. Lire l’article >>

Take Action in December

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  • Purchase the Euthanasia Deception Documentary, a thought-provoking, emotionally-gripping film that will impact hearts and minds by effectively dismantling the fallacies of euthanasia proponents’ appeals to compassion and autonomy. Purchase or rent documentary here >>
  • Support the production of the new EPC documentary "Fatal fLAWs: Legalizing Assisted Death": filmmaker Kevin Dunn has logged over 50,000 kilometers in the air and on the road to one of the most fundamental philosophical questions of our time: we should be giving doctors - or anyone - the right and law to end the life of another human - and how do these laws affect society over time? To donate, click here >>
  • Support Project Value by liking their Facebook page (>>). This initiative offers videos made by people with disabilities to challenge the popular idea of what it means to have a disability. Each video begins with a description of the diagnosis and prognosis of the person and a description of their functional limitations. Then the person talks about their quality and value of life beyond their condition. Share!

Press Review (English and French)

  • Diane Coleman's Letter to Members of the Victoria Legislative Council Opposing Assisted Suicide: An open letter from the president of Not Dead Yet, an American disability rights group, to the Victoria Legislative Council. Read more >> Read more >>
  • Defending Physician-assisted Suicide: When even assisted suicide supporters admit data suggests that the “distress prompting patients to request these lethal medications primarily stems from their fear over losing control at the end of life” but claim that the more than 33% who don’t take the prescribed lethal overdose should still have it to supposedly “get great comfort in knowing they have access to it if they need it”,  physician-assisted suicide is further exposed as a terrible response to human fear and despair. Read more >>
  • Suicide prevention leader opposes legalizing euthanasia/assisted suicide in Australia: Warwich Baines, a board member of a suicide prevention charity in Australia, wrote a letter that was published by Central Western Daily. Read more >>
  • German nurse may have killed more than 100 patients, prosecutors say: According to prosecutors, a nurse who is already serving a life sentence for two murders may have killed more than 100 patients over several years at two hospitals in northwestern Germany. Read more >>
  • Never Enough Euthanasia in Canada: The ink is barely dry on Canada’s expansive right to euthanasia and there is already much talk of expanding the killing to new categories–such as children. Read more >>
  • Suicide and Assisted Dying are Sides of the Same Coin: Assisted suicide is by definition ‘receiving help to die by suicide’. Essentially the only difference between suicide and assisted suicide is the number of people involved in bringing about the death. Read more >>
  • Le pape contre l'euthanasie, mais pour l'arrêt de certains soins : « L'euthanasie est toujours mauvaise », mais il est en revanche parfaitement « licite » pour un patient de décider de renoncer à des soins thérapeutiques prolongeant la vie de manière peu humaniste, a réaffirmé le pape François. Read more >>
  • Mauvaise sortie de secours: La société québécoise aura lamentablement échoué si l’aide médicale à mourir apparaît comme la seule solution de survie, l’unique issue de secours, pour les personnes qui prennent soin à la maison d’un proche malade, vieillissant et en perte d’autonomie. Lire l’article >>


Videos to watch (French and English)

  • The Euthanasia Deception: A trailer for the new documentary exploring assisted suicide and euthanasia in Belgium. Watch video >>
  • Margreet: “She was euthanized without consent. They decided.” In the new film “Fatal Flaws” (Spring 2018) filmmaker Kevin Dunn questions the long term effects of assisted death laws on society.  One of the most shocking stories came from a woman named Margreet whose mother was euthanized without request. Watch video >>
  • Fatal Flaws: Legalizing Assisted Death (Early Preview): Filmmaker Kevin Dunn has logged over 50,000 kms in the air and on the road to ask one of the most fundamental philosophical questions of our time: should we be giving doctors - or anyone - the right and law to end the life of another human - and how do these laws affect society over time? Watch video >>
  • Dr. Patrick Viany - La fin de vie : Discours donné par Dr. Patrick Vinay, professeur de médecine à l'Université de Montréal, à la Conférence pour une nouvelle écologie humaine. Regarder la vidéo >>
  • Aubert Martin – Ne gaspillez pas votre mort : Discours d'Aubert Martin à la conférence "Ne gaspillez pas votre mort". Regarder la vidéo >>


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