Bill C-384: Euthanasia Tag

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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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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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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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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