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“No Spoon Feeding!” Case to BC Supremes

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I have written about the Margot Bentley case before, and bring it up again because I think it may be the most important bioethical litigation now pending of which I am aware. At stake is whether a nursing home can be forced to starve a patient to death by withholding spoon feeding. From the Vancouver […]

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Quebec Euthanasia to Destroy Religious Freedom

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There are two primary areas of contention in the euthanasia debate. The first is whether to legalize medicalized killing. The second question arises if the answer to the first is yes: Should doctors and other health care professionals with religious or conscious objections be forced to participate in medicalized killing — either by having to […]

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Doctors Can’t Unilaterally Pull Plug in Canada

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Readers might recall the Hassan Rasouli case. Rasouli, a devout Muslim, had a stroke. His doctors wanted to force him off life support over the objection of his family, who claim he would want to live. Litigation ensued. The Canadian Supreme Court just ruled that it isn’t up to the doctors. From the Toronto Sun […]

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Canada Assisted Suicide Ban Constitutional

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A Canadian Court of Appeals has upheld Canada’s legal ban on assisted suicide as constitutional. From the Calgary Sun story: British Columbia’s Court of Appeal has reversed a lower court ruling that said Canada’s assisted-suicide ban violated the charter rights of gravely ill Canadians. Two of the three judges in the split decision ruled that […]

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We Are Becoming a “Killing Kind” of Society

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The Quebec Parliament is debating one of the most radical euthanasia bills I have ever seen. How radical? It mandates that doctors do — or be complicit in — the euthanizing. In the face of this madness, a palliative care nurse named Jean Echlin asks a cogent question: “What kind of society are we becoming?” […]

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The High Costs of High-Tech Babies

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Francoise Baylis, a professor in Bioethics and Philosophy in Canada, has an important piece out on the Quebec law that pays for up to three IVF cycles out of the state-funded public health system. I wrote about this bad decision when Quebec passed the law in 2010. Is it working? Sort of. IVF cycles in […]

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Fertility Consultant Thumbs Nose at Law

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It seems that fertility brokers — and clinics and the reproductive lawyers — are getting more aggressive these days. My hunch is that marriage debates are emboldening them to seek more liberal IVF laws in order to assist singles and same-sex couples in family building. Canada, which has laws I quite like (Canada prohibits the […]

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Government Funded Euthanasia Coming to Quebec?

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A bill to legalize euthanasia in Quebec has been filed, and it is a radical disaster. First, it would require that all “institutions,” e.g., hospitals, nursing homes, and residential care facilities “provide” terminal sedation (put into a coma and dehydrated to death) or euthanasia, which are included in the bill’s definition of the term, “end […]

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Quebec Doctors Forced Into Homicide?

No one should be forced to kill or participate in killing. But if a recommendation of a Quebec euthanasia commission to legalize doctor-administered death are followed (discussed in more detail here) every Quebec physician will be conscripted to participate in homicide as a condition of practicing medicine. From the “Dying with Dignity” Commission recommendation (PDF): […]

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Quebec’s Doctors to Become Killers?

Quebec is about to make a major push to legalize euthanasia based on the recommendations of a commission. I have now had a chance to read the report, and it is pushing Quebec (and thence, Canada) toward a Belgium style culture of death. Here’s an overview: First, the euphemism “aid in dying” means active killing […]

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Pro Suicide Quebec Fights Suicide

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Pro suicide Quebec, on the verge of legalizing doctor-prescribed death for some people, wants to fight suicide for other people. From the CBCNews.ca story: Quebec’s suicide prevention association (AQPS) has started a campaign to mark the province’s 23rd suicide prevention week. “You’re important to us. Suicide is not an option” aims to sensitize public to […]

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Canada: BC Judge Creates “Right” to Suicide

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC We knew this was coming, because the fix was in: The BC Supreme Court Chief Justice has ruled that the law against assisted suicide is unconstitutional. From the CBC story: In her judgment, Smith speaks directly to the situation faced by Gloria Taylor, a B.C. […]

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Canada Right to Challenge Marcia Angell Pro Assisted Suicide Testimony

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I have written that I suspect the fix is in with regard to the pro assisted suicide lawsuit filed in British Columbia. But at least the Canadian Government is fighting the good fight. Marcia Angell, the former editor of the NEJM–and a wildly emotional euthanasia […]

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The Commercialization of Reproduction and Donor Anonymity in Canada

This week, we are pleased to feature an in-depth report on assisted reproduction in Canada. The report was prepared by our 2011 Blackstone Legal Intern, Brittney Sharp. The report is especially timely as Jennifer Lahl will be in Toronto later this month speaking at a conference on reproductive issues and filming two interviews for our […]

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The Commercialization of Reproduction and Donor Anonymity in Canada

This week, we are pleased to feature an in-depth report on assisted reproduction in Canada. The report was prepared by our 2011 Blackstone Legal Intern, Brittney Sharp. The report is especially timely as Jennifer Lahl will be in Toronto later this month speaking at a conference on reproductive issues and filming two interviews for our […]

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Good News From Canada: Euthanasia Bill Soundly Defeated

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC The euthanasia legalization bill, C-384 (background), was soundly defeated in the Canadian Parliament today by a heartening vote of 228-59. There seem to be no news stories on this except on pro life sites. Hmmm. Let’s see what tomorrow brings. In the meantime, congratulations to […]

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Watching the Berlin Wall Fall

This is exactly how one stem cell researcher in Canada felt about Obama’s recent win. Obama and his Democratic colleagues have said a top priority will be to relax the Bush administration funding restrictions on embryonic stem cell research. Obama said he strongly supports “expanding research on stem cells” and believes the Bush restrictions have […]

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Getting Lawyered Up

I’ve always said that it will take a good old class action lawsuit to make changes in the reproductive-medicine-gone-wild world. And that is just what has happened up in British Columbia. Oh Canada! Here’s the scoop. Olivia Pratten, a 26 year old woman, created by anonymous sperm donation wants to know who her daddy is. […]

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