The Bentley case of a BC woman who is being fed normally, to be decided today

 By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) hopes that the BC Court of Appeal will decide not to hear the case of a BC woman, who is living with dementia and being fed normally. Mrs. Bentley is not being fed by a feeding tube, she is not force fed and she continues to swallow normally. 

On February 3, 2014; Justice Greyall of the BC Supreme Courtdecided that Normal Feeding is basic personal care and not medical treatment in the Bentley case. The court recognized that there is an obligation to provide basic personal care, whereas medical treatment is optional.

EPC intervened in this case because we agree that normal feeding by spoon and cup to be basic normal care. The fact that Mrs. Bentley willing eats and swallows normally, that the decision by Justice Greyall is correct. EPC also recognizes that people who require assisted feeding will be negatively affected if Greyall's decision is overturned.

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For more information contact:

Hugh Scher, EPC legal counsel (Toronto): 416-816-6115 or

Dr Will Johnston, Chair EPC - BC (Vancouver): 604-220-2042 or

Alex Schadenberg, EPC Executive Director (London): 519-851-1434 or