Articles Tagged ‘physician assisted suicide’

Palliative care from a Catholic moral perspective

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On 6 February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously struck down the ban on physician-assisted suicide stating, “The prohibition on physician-assisted suicide infringes on the right to life, liberty and security of the person in a manner that is not in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.” The Federal Parliament has one year to draft new legislation that allows consenting adults who are enduring physical or mental suffering to request medical aid in ending their lives. Their medical condition ... (Continue reading)

A dignified life; a dignified death

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I lost someone very special recently, someone who demonstrated to me what a dignified death looks like. In the eyes of the world, he had been dealt a lousy hand, sentenced to life in a wheelchair as his immune system ate away at the protective sheath that covered his nerves. But even as the disease continued to ravage his too young body, he let loose with his dry sense of humour, in turn causing those around him to roll their eyes ... (Continue reading)

Bill 52 is not dead

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As of 19 February 2014, Bill 52, Quebec's euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide bill has not been debated and passed. The MNAs in the Quebec National Assembly reconvened on 12 February 2014 with a full docket of items including a new provincial budget which took precedence over the euthanasia bill. After the budget was tabled the house began a two week recess, leaving the Bill 52 debate up in the air. As the uncertainty of debating Bill 52 became apparent, the governing ... (Continue reading)

Defeating euthanasia, one person at a time

The news story about the Belgian twin brothers who were euthanized on 14 December 2012, was the first story I read when I got home from work. The brothers, while in relatively good health at present, were given a prognosis of blindness and the thought of not being able to see each other put them in a state of despair. In the peace and quiet of an empty house, I became sadder and sadder as I continued to read.... (Continue reading)

Oh…bama

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Last night a well known—and well loved—celebrity retweeted the comment, "The two rape guys lost." I can accept that people have different political views. Even when the answer seems so obvious: I can accept that people do not see it. What I can't accept is the kind of ignorance and offensiveness that lets you say, "The two rape guys lost." This is where the discussion is? Calling republicans ... (Continue reading)

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