Supreme Court of Canada May Pave the Way for Assisted Suicide on Friday

International   |   Alex Schadenberg   |   Feb 2, 2015   |   7:18PM   |   Ottawa, Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada is releasing its decision in the Carter case concerning Canada’s laws that protect people from euthanasia and assisted suicide.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has intervened in this case at every level.

EPC legal counsel Hugh Scher states:

“EPC is concerned about the safety, security and equality of people with disabilities and seniors, which is central to the protections set out under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and our Criminal Code.”

EPC – British Columbia chair Dr Will Johnston states:

elderlypatient14“This is an important public safety issue. The Court rejected assisted suicide in 1993 and prevented Canada from taking a wrong turn. In the 20 years since, human nature has not changed and people with disabilities and other vulnerable people are still at risk in our health care system. We are better at controlling symptoms, and we also see the abuses of euthanasia in those few jurisdictions where this practice has become entrenched.

Let us hope that the Supreme Court once again confirms the protections in law from assisted suicide and direct killing of the sick, and that we stay the course by improving symptom control to all who need it.”

Disability rights advocate Amy Hasbrouck of Toujours Vivant – Not Dead Yet states:

“People with disabilities, chronic illness and seniors are negatively affected by assisted suicide and euthanasia because it leads to the impression that our lives are lacking in meaning and value as compared to other Canadians.”

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EPC Executive Director, Alex Schadenberg stated:

“In other jurisdictions, euthanasia has expanded to include people with depression, people with psychiatric problems, people with dementia, teenagers and incompetent people. The laws in other jurisdictions have been abused.

Canada needs to focus on how it cares for people in difficult circumstances, not how to kill its people.” Note: Alex Schadenberg is the executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and you can read his blog here.