Physician Assisted Suicide

Censoring Pro-Life Campus Club Flies In The Face Of Free Speech

John Carpay | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada Living
John Carpay

The student union is now being sued because it continues to insist on banning the peaceful expression of pro-life opinion at Brandon University. BUSU claims that the pro-life message makes some students feel "uncomfortable."

Liberals Hire Expert Who Criticized Top Court On Assisted Dying

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.08.2016 | Canada Politics

Academic argued the Supreme Court over-stepped its bounds.

More Than 30 Canadians Asked For Assisted Death Since January

CBC | CBC News | Posted 06.14.2016 | Canada Politics

At least 31 Canadians have reached out to their doctor asking for help to die since mid-January. But the number may actually be significantly highe...

No Legal Voids With Physician Assisted Dying Post June 6th

Amanda Blitz | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Amanda Blitz

My friend Chuck wants to kill himself. He is hoping if Bill C-14 does not pass in the Senate by June 6th, he will be able to legally commit suicide with the help of a doctor, thereby ending his constant, debilitating and painful battle with mental illness. Chuck is part of a group of patients who, despite being included in the Supreme Court of Canada's ground-breaking decision in Carter vs. Canada, have been cut out of the Liberal's Bill C-14. Here's why.

Assisted Dying Bill Heads To Senate, But Will Likely Miss Deadline

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Politics

Many senators are pushing for amendments.

We Must Choose To Recognize The Dignity Of Life

Cardinal Gérald Lacroix | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Cardinal Gérald Lacroix

The life you have received, the breath that sustains you, the personality that characterizes you are imprinted with beauty, nobility and greatness. The love you have received, the love you have given are always present and make you -- like all of us -- people that are vested with great dignity in all circumstances.

Put Into Place An Assisted Dying Act That Lives Forever

Amanda Blitz | Posted 05.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Amanda Blitz

Our elected leaders are hopefully digging deep and trying to figure out what the right path is for Canada on Bill C-14: the Liberal's legislation on medically assisted dying. It's not an easy task. It may be the most important piece of legislation some of these MPs ever vote on. It's remarkable that our country has even gotten to this point in the first place, but we need to take it slow.

MPs To Vote On Assisted Dying Bill This Month

CBC | Susan Lunn, CBC News | Posted 05.21.2017 | Canada Politics

Members of Parliament will vote on the federal government's physician-assisted dying legislation when Parliament resumes in the last week of May. A...

Liberal's Statement On Assisted Dying Law Full Of Baloney

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.22.2017 | Canada Politics

"If colleagues ultimately decide to defeat this legislation, they also need to understand the legislative and legal consequences of having a complete vacuum..."

A Distinctly Canadian Approach To Physician-Hastened Death

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 04.20.2017 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

One would hope that every patient whose angst expresses itself as a wish to die would have access to palliative care expertise, including a thorough and detailed evaluation of the physical, psychosocial, existential and spiritual drivers motivating their request for hastened death.

The Moving Pieces Behind The Case For Doctor-Assisted Death

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 04.14.2017 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

If physician-hastened death is part of the continuum of medicine, then we must treat it as such. Like any other new treatment or clinical innovation, it demands careful evaluation and methodological rigor, including fixed eligibility criteria, detailed data collection, objective monitoring of outcomes and tracking of adverse effects; the ability to analyze cumulative data, with incremental ramping up entirely based on preceding trial outcomes. We would insist on no less stringency for anything else.

Canada's Health Facilities Cannot Handle Physician-Assisted Death

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 04.02.2017 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

With the advent of physician-hastened death, there has never been a more pressing moment in history demanding we get our approach to human suffering and palliative care right. Fewer than two per cent of patients will likely choose to have their lives ended; most will want to live out the length of their days in care and comfort. That should not be asking too much. One thing is for certain: the dying are too ill to speak, and the dead will never complain.

The Risky Concept Of Mental Illness Assisted Suicide

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

The Parliament's Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Death, nevertheless, urged the federal government not to exclude individuals with psychiatric conditions from being considered eligible. Their reasoning comes down to this: Mental suffering is no less profound than physical suffering, so denying individuals with mental illness access to physician hastened death would be discriminatory and a violation of their Charter rights. It's an excellent point, and one worth seriously discussing.

Physician-Assisted Dying Isn't Always A Choice For The Vulnerable

Jennifer Chandler | Posted 03.15.2017 | Canada Living
Jennifer Chandler

One of the consistent worries voiced throughout Canada's long national discussion of physician assisted dying is the desire to protect vulnerable people. One fear is that people with disabilities may be directly pressured or coerced into consenting to medical aid in dying. More insidiously though, vulnerable people may come to desire death due to a lack of any reasonable alternative to their suffering. For this reason, many have called for us to redouble our attention to providing access to high quality palliative care so that people are not driven toward medically assisted death by uncontrolled pain.

The Arguments Around Assisted Death

Misha Abarbanel | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living
Misha Abarbanel

Allowing people to opt out of obeying the law on religious grounds can be a slippery slope. You can't oppose anti-discrimination laws because your religion tells you, or you think your religion tells you, that women are inferior, or that LGBTIQ people are sinners. You can't commit violent acts because your religion tells you, or you think your religion tells you, that infidels should be punished.

Should People With Mental Illness Have Access To Assisted Suicide?

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.06.2016 | Canada Living

It's one of the most contentious issues sparked by Canada's upcoming right-to-die legislation.

Calgary Woman's Doctor-Assisted Death Sets Precedent

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.02.2016 | Canada Alberta

Last year, the Supreme Court struck down the law prohibiting medical aid in dying.

She Will Be The 1st In Alberta To Die With A Doctor's Help

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 03.01.2016 | Canada Alberta

Mrs. S. spent decades working in Calgary's health care system.

Doctors' Group Upset With Latest Assisted Death Recommendation

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Politics

They said it's also led some physicians to consider leaving their practices.

Senator Wants To See Support, Not Assisted Suicide, For Mentally Ill

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.19.2017 | Canada Politics

People suffering from mental-health challenges need support and resources even if they have given up on themselves, she said.

Alberta Bishops Condemn Physician-Assisted Suicide

The Huffington Post Alberta | Sarah Rieger | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada Alberta

"Killing is not medicine."

Anti-Abortion MP Among 11 Named To Assisted Suicide Panel

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Politics

The committee will include six Liberals, 3 Tories, and 2 New Democrats.

Physician-Assisted Dying Should Be Publicly Funded: Advisors

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.14.2016 | Canada Living

They also insist that objecting institutions be required to advise patients of all options.

The Vast Majority Of Canadians Support Doctor-Assisted Suicide

The Huffington Post Canada | Rebecca Zamon | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Living

Over three-quarters of the country is in favour.

How Would You Like To Die, Sir?

Camillo Zacchia, PhD | Posted 11.27.2016 | Canada Living
Camillo Zacchia, PhD

When I ask clients, friends and family how they would want to die, so far no one has chosen, "I'd like to die after lying in bed for two or three years, in a diaper, and barely aware of my surroundings." Yet isn't this scenario -- or a variant of it -- how a large percentage of us will die?