Euthanasia: When the Means Justify the Ends

In January, the court hearings began for two Quebec people living with disability who are contesting the Federal and Provincial law requiring people to be “at the end of life” or for whom natural death is “reasonably foreseeable” in order to be admissible for euthanasia. In other words, the two plaintiffs are asking for the state to provide them with a doctor who will ...

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Our right to quality palliative care

 

The Act Respecting End-of-Life Care was sold to us as "first and foremost, a law of access to quality palliative care throughout the territory, at the patient's choice.” When it was adopted – not so long ago – its promoters insisted that it only legalized "medical aid in dying" (euthanasia) as an "exceptional measure for exceptional cases."

However it is now obvious that, almost four years since the day of its adoption and close to three years after its coming ...

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Hide these abuses that we can not see…

The year 2018 is off to a very bad start for supporters of euthanasia as new disturbing cases have surfaced in Belgium and the Netherlands, where euthanasia has been legal for several years.

So far, apart from a recent exception, the oversight committees in both of these countries have always been able to classify controversial cases without following them up, hoping surely that time would erase from collective memory these grey areas that smear the aura of euthanasia.

This time, however, the ...

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Statistics reduced to porridge

2017 comes to an end with a final month representative of the ideological porridge that sprouts in our society: normalizing euthanasia. Indeed, CBC (once again) aired propaganda programs supporting of assisted suicide, and two complacent articles suggesting that we should (already!) consider expanding the assisted suicide law, basically for people “tired of living”.

Otherwise, a study was published in the magazine Le Spécialiste, the official magazine of the Fédération des médecins spécialistes du Québec (FMSQ), to present the ...

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Two years of euthanasia in Quebec: the facts

Many promises preceded the intrusion of the law that legalized euthanasia in Quebec – under the euphemism “medical aid in dying” – into our health system two years ago, on December 10, 2015. Today, we have concrete experience, from right here at home, that allows us to respond to a crucial question: what are the facts after two years?

Many abuses were reported by the Commission in charge of evaluating the application of the law. Yet, the College of Physicians judged that ...

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