Why euthanasia’s slippery slope can’t be prevented

By Margaret Somerville  Calgary Herald  4 Mar 2014 Some people with disabilities are angry about my opposition to legalizing euthanasia. They are not dying, they just do not want to continue living in their current state. It’s clear they believe they would be given access to legalized euthanasia. Pro-euthanasia advocates claim, however, that …read more|en savoir plus

Assisted suicide – what could possibly go wrong?

Margaret Wente The Globe and Mail Feb. 20, 2014 On April 19, 2012, an attractive 64-year-old woman named Godelieva De Troyer checked herself into a hospital in Brussels, where she was killed, at her own request, by lethal injection. The retired schoolteacher did not have an incurable disease, nor was she in chronic pain. …read more|en savoir plus

Belgian-style euthanasia feared as next step

Written by Deborah Gyapong, Canadian Catholic News 18 February 2014 OTTAWA – The secretary of Quebec’s College of Physicians has mused Belgian-style euthanasia of Alzheimer’s patients and terminally ill children could follow should Quebec’s euthanasia Bill-52 become law. Belgium recently expanded its law to authorize the killing of children and is debating whether to …read more|en savoir plus

Cdn girl, 4, wants Belgian king to stop euthanasia bill

By Dave Kaufman Toronto Sun, Feb. 4, 2014 MONTREAL — It isn’t every day that a four-year-old girl stands up to royalty, but Jessica Saba from the Montreal suburb of Lachine is hoping that King Philippe of Belgium will hear her plea and block the country from enacting a law permitting child euthanasia. In …read more|en savoir plus

Opinion: Belgium’s experience with euthanasia teaches bitter lessons

By Tom Mortier, The Gazette December 5, 2013

Chronic depression sufferer Godelieva De Troyer in 2010, almost two years before she was euthanized: Her lethal injection came as a shock to her son Tom Mortier, who only learned about it a day later.

ROTSELAAR, BELGIUM — I believe that before Quebec passes …read more|en savoir plus

Ontario family shocked after receiving letter from neighbour telling them to ‘euthanize’ autistic son

An Ontario mother has spoken out after receiving a disturbing and threatening letter about her autistic son that has shocked a community east of Toronto, and led to a police investigation. “You have a kid that is mentally handicapped and you consciously decided that it would be a good idea to live in close …read more|en savoir plus

Opinion: Legalizing assisted suicide is wrong and dangerous

By Sherif Emil, Special to The GazetteJanuary 17, 2013 At the entry to Paris’s oldest hospital, the Hôtel Dieu, are these words: “To cure occasionally, to relieve often, to comfort always.” Medical historians ascribe this aphorism to Hippocrates, who also gave us our medical oath, an important principle of which …read more|en savoir plus

Quebec to legalize assisted suicide; Death a medical issue, health minister says

Before her death this past October, Gloria Taylor (seated) was at the centre of a right-to-die court battle.

By Katherine Wilton, National Post, Jan. 15, 2013 Quebecers afflicted with a terminal illness may soon be able to seek the help of a doctor in ending their life. A panel of legal experts …read more|en savoir plus

Johnston: Assisted suicide’s dangerous illusion of control

By Dr. Will Johnston, Calgary Herald, Dec. 18, 2012 The daughters are beside themselves. One sat in my office recently, telling me about her father’s trips to the bank that are draining his savings. He gets angry when his daughters challenge him. The money — thousands of dollars, …read more|en savoir plus

‘Dangerous’ new rules designed to expand organ-donor pool likely violate the Charter: legal expert

By Tom Blackwell, National Post Aug. 28, 2012 Months into the latest national campaign to recruit desperately needed organ donors, a legal scholar is arguing that new guidelines for declaring people brain dead and eligible for organ harvesting likely violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The non-binding rules developed by a government-appointed expert …read more|en savoir plus