Euthanasia

As of June 17, Bill C-14 became law after bouncing back and forth between the Senate and House of Commons. This formally legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. Although this is a tragic choice, our leaders did so in full knowledge of the consequences and a much better alternative.

ARPA’s Legal and Policy Resources on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia:

24 Jun 2008 Canadian MP Introduces Bill to Legalize Euthanasia Again

Action Item: ARPA Canada readers may remember the article "Euthanasia on the Horizon" which warned of this development. It includes a list of suggested action items. Also, for an analysis of Bill C-562 and for purchasing post cards to send to your MP in response to it, go to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition's website. By John Jalsevac - OTTAWA, ON, June 23, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde has made good on her promise to resurrect a bill that, if passed, would legalize euthanasia in Canada. Lalonde's previous attempt to legalize euthanasia failed after her proposed bill, Bill C-407, died on the table when an election was called in December 2005. Shortly after Bill C-407 died, Lalonde expressed her intention to continue pursuing the legalization of euthanasia in Canada. Her latest attempt to do so was unveiled on June 12, in the form of Bill C-562, a slightly revised version of C-407.
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16 Apr 2008 Bloc MP Francine Lalonde continues to fight to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide.

By Alex Schadenberg - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Last month during an interview on the CBC radio show Cross Country Checkup Jocelyn Downie, the Canada research chair in Health, Law and Policy from Dalhousie University stated that she knew that new legislation was being drafted to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. Downie also stated that a new test case had been drafted to challenge the criminal code prohibitions of euthanasia via the courts.On April 13, 2008, Canada Press published an interview with Francine Lalonde, the Bloc Quebecois MP who had introduced bill C-407 in 2005, a bill that would have legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada. Lalonde stated that she intends to introduce new legislation to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide soon.Lalonde, who has been battling cancer for the past 2 years is “pushing ahead with plans to force the House of Commons to relaunch the debate on assisted suicide.”
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14 Mar 2008 A Plea from Sam Golubchuk’s Family

My name is Miriam Geller, and I never thought that I would be writing such aletter.I am the daughter of SAM GOLUBCHUK, an elderly disabled World War IIveteran living in Winnipeg, Manitoba (in Canada).Last fall SAM, who has been living in a long-term care facility, came downwith pneumonia and had to be moved to a hospital. Thank God, the pneumoniawas cured. Unfortunately, due to his weakened condition, SAM has been unableto return to his home. He is currently receiving basic care at the hospitalwhich includes being given food and water and assistance in breathingthrough the use of a ventilator.SAM isn't on any medication and he is in no pain. He's just old and weak.In November the hospital, without our permission, attempted to withdraw thisbasic care, letting our father die. We obtained an emergency Court Order tostop them from doing so, which they tried - and failed - to have reversed.Now the government is forcing us to return to Court again as it fights, attaxpayers' expense, to have the Order overturned.
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19 Oct 2007 Latimer’s Appeal for the Royal Prerogative of Mercy

By Cloverdale ARPA Background and introduction You may be wondering why we are discussing the Latimer issue. It has not really been in the news since the Supreme Court of Canada upheld his life sentence without eligibility for parole for 10 years. It may seem, therefore, that the Latimer issue is a dead one. However, let us not be fooled by the media's silence. The issues surrounding the Latimer case are still very real ones.
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09 Oct 2007 Physician Assisted Suicide

Background: There is an increasing push for the legalization of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide in Canada. A Today's Family News article notes that "One year ago, MPs debated a private member’s bill introduced by Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde to legalize physician-assisted suicide. A federal election was called before it could come to a vote but Lalonde has since vowed to resurrect her bill." Instead of being reactive, we can be proactive. So here is a simple action plan: 1) Check out the news article that tells the story of a husband from Nova Scotia who brought his wife over to Europe to be euthanized. A very sad part of the story (not really talked about in the CBC version) is that he is a retired Anglican minister.
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26 Sep 2007 Dying With Dignity

By Mark Penninga (French version available below as an attachment) Words can pack a punch. As such, they can be used for both noble and crafty purposes. Advertisers, political spin-doctors, and even Supreme Court judges know this well and take full advantage of the power of words. One example is the concept of dignity. Because dignity seems to be such a favourable word it is being used, and exploited, for purposes as far ranging as Hillary Duff’s latest pop album to the push for legalized abortion in third world countries. But the movement that has most exploited the concept of dignity is the political effort to legalize euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. The term “death with dignity” is being used by right-to-die advocacy groups because they know that associating dignity with euthanasia will soften the public perception of what they are really demanding– state condoned death.
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18 Sep 2007 Euthanasia on the Horizon

We won the early battles, but we may be losing the war By Mark Penninga (www.arpacanada.ca) [Action Update: The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has prepared some sample letters to help you with writing a letter, email, or postcard to your MP.]  In June, while many families were considering where to go for their family vacation, Nova Scotia resident Eric MacDonald took his wife on a trip to Zurich, Switzerland. But their destination was no vacation. Eric brought his 38-year-old wife to an assisted suicide clinic where her life was ended. Terminally ill with multiple sclerosis, Elizabeth did not want to go on living and both physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia are illegal in Canada. "I wish to heavens she was still here, but I couldn't ask her to go on suffering that way," said Eric, according to Macleans magazine.
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