Euthanasia

22 Sep 2009 Encouraging Update on Euthanasia Bill

Opponents say few MPs back legalization of assisted suicideBy Deborah Gyapong - Sept 17, 2009: Western Catholic Reporter, OTTAWA - Opponents of assisted-suicide and euthanasia bill C-384 express confidence the bill will be defeated if it comes to a vote this fall. That is if an election does not kill Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde's private member's bill first. Elections in 2006 and 2008 killed Lalonde's two previous attempts to legalize assisted suicide.  "In the sense that it might happen, I'm quite confident...

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24 Aug 2009 Australian Quadriplegic Wins the “Right” Commit Suicide

LifeSiteNews.com - August 17, 2009: By Hilary WhiteAn Australian quadriplegic man has won a court case that will give him the "right" to commit suicide by refusing nutrition and hydration. Christian Rossiter of Perth, who was left unable to move after a car accident in 2004, thanked the court for the decision but said he may yet be persuaded to live after consulting doctors.
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17 Jul 2009 Doctors aim to revise law on euthanasia

By Phil Couvrette, Canwest News Service - July 17, 2009: Canada's continuing debate on the right to die, prodded by court cases and proposed legislation, seems to be heading for a new round this fall according to a report the Quebec College of Physicians may recommend Canada's Criminal Code be revised to permit a form of medical euthanasia in strictly controlled circumstances.A right-to-die private member's bill sponsored by Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde is also due for debate, leaving both sides of the contentious issue gearing for a busy fall....

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02 Jul 2009 British Doctors Oppose Assisted Suicide

Medical News Today - July 2/09: Doctors have reaffirmed their opposition to assisted suicide following a debate at the BMA's Annual Conference in Liverpool yesterday. Doctors rejected calls from Thameside doctor, Kailash Chand to change legislation to allow the choice of an assisted death by patients who are terminally ill and who have mental capacity. [Continue reading this article here.]...

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25 Jun 2009 Important Summer Action Item: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Since ARPA Canada started we have been encouraging our readers to be proactive and respond to the growing push for euthanasia and assisted suicide. Sure enough, a bill has now been introduced in Parliament that has the goal of legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia. It is scheduled for debate in Parliament at the end of September. The time to act is now! Details of Bill C-384 Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde has introduced this private members bill, her third attempt at doing so. The two previous attempts only failed because elections were called. It is very unlikely that an election will be called before this bill is voted on. Be prepared for a major public and Parliamentary debate on this issue through the fall and winter. The full text of C-384 is available by clicking here. In their analysis of this bill, the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition points out that "Bill C-384 does not limit intended death to the terminally ill and it does not define terminal illness." Added to this, the bill "allows intended death for people who experience depression or other chronic mental conditions." They also state that "Bill C-384 measures competency based on "appearing to be lucid". The term "appearing to be lucid" does not assure that the individual is actually lucid." Click here to read the full analysis from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.
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27 May 2009 Motion Introduced to Take Action Against Online Suicide

With a bill having been introduced only weeks ago that, if passed, would legalize assisted suicide and decriminalize euthanasia, Member of Parliament Harold Albrecht has introduced a motion (M-388) that urges action against those who counsel or assist in suicides, specifically targeting those suicides that are promoted through the internet. This comes after a number of stories involving individuals who were encouraged over the internet to kill themselves. The motion reads "That, in the opinion of the House, for greater certainty, the government should take steps to ensure that...

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22 May 2009 Legalized euthanasia leads to no choice, ever

By Licia Corbella, Calgary Herald, May 16, 2009: Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde is at it again. Her very own neverendum has returned like a bad case of acid reflux. No, I'm not referring to her aspiration for Quebec to separate from the rest of Canada. Lalonde's second favourite neverendum is far more serious to the well-being of us all. On Wednesday, Lalonde resurrected for the third time her private member's bill for doctors to kill you without penalty, should you request she or he do so, even though both...

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14 May 2009 12,000: Canadian 2009 March for Life Smashes Previous Attendance Records

May 14, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Under the threat of dark clouds and sometimes through pouring rain, a record-smashing crowd of 12,000 Canadians today gathered on Parliament Hill for a rally and then marched through the streets of Ottawa in protest against 40 years of legalized abortion in Canada. The number of participants significantly exceeded last year's record-breaking crowd of 8,000, making it by far the largest crowd in the 12 years that the march has taken place.
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13 May 2009 Bill to legalize euthanasia introduced in Canada

Bloc Quebecois MP Francine Lalonde has introduced her private member's bill that would legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide. It is called Bill C-384 and the full text of it is available by clicking here.Important Action Item: Write to, phone, or meet with your MP to urge them to reject this bill. If you are writing a letter or email, be sure to CC our Justice Minister and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice as well as the Prime Minister.  Click here for a complete analysis of this bill including three sample letters from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition . If you are looking for some resources to help inform you about the issue, read this excellent resource from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. It is slightly dated (it refers to previous legislation) but is still relevant today because this bill is very similar and the fundamental issues remain the same.
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