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Month: September 2019

Canadian ruling on assisted suicide may set stage for further expansion

The recent court decision in Quebec that invalidated the “reasonably foreseeable” death clause  of both the federal and Quebec assisted suicide laws laid the foundation for further legal challenges in the expansion of Canada’s assisted suicide laws.  Opponents of assisted suicide often warn of the incremental strategy behind assisted suicide, pointing to the slippery slope …

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Doctors should heal patients, not kill them. Assisted suicide makes us agents of death.

  Physician-assisted suicide isn’t about dying on our own terms. Instead, it’s prompting all of us to question whose lives are worth maintaining.   This month in The Netherlands, a medical doctor was acquitted for euthanizing an elderly woman against her will. At first blush, this seems unfathomable, even in a country where euthanasia is …

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Lifting the U.S. ban on euthanasia is like opening a Pandora’s box

Physician-assisted death — euthanasia — is lawful in three European countries, as well as Colombia and Canada. It is illegal, still, in the United States, though physicians in 10 states may supply lethal doses to terminally ill patients for self-administration. And the U.S. ban may not last forever: 72 percent of Americans support euthanasia, according to …

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Nova Scotia Catholic hospital must now offer assisted suicide after policy change

A Catholic hospital in Nova Scotia must now offer patients access to medically assisted dying on site — a change advocates say should be noted by other provinces with faith-based hospitals. St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish, N.S., which was formerly run by the Sisters of St. Martha, had been exempt from Canada’s medical assistance in dying …

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