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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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