Nicholas Tonti-Filippini RIP

By Paul Russell - Director of HOPE Australia.

Australia lost a great man and a great advocate against the dangers of legalised euthanasia. Professor Nick Tonti-Filippini passed away surrounded by his family on the morning of the 7th of November in Melbourne.

Nick’s writings against legalising euthanasia were a regular feature in The Age newspaper and elsewhere over many years. His were and remain compelling arguments from someone who knew only too well the ravages of terminal illness.

As The Age reported, Nick was diagnosed with a terminal illness at the age of 20. He was 56 years of age when he died. Though I only met him a handful of times, his obvious struggles were accompanied by a bright and cheerful wit, a sharp mind that has plumbed the depth of medical ethics and an active interest in public affairs.

Others have written far more extensively about Nick’s wonderful life and achievements. I want to share but one example that those of us in South Australia working to oppose euthanasia will remember long and fondly.

Link to the full article.

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition challenges Quebec euthanasia law

By Hugh Scher, Legal Counsel - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Hugh Scher

Hugh Scher

Québec’s landmark law allowing euthanasia contravenes Canadian criminal homicide laws and represents a dangerous step towards a patchwork quilt of provincial regulation of serious criminal conduct, which is why the issue must be handled federally, says Toronto health, human rights and constitutional lawyer Hugh Scher.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC), represented by Scher, was granted leave to intervene in a constitutional challenge brought by the Physicians Alliance Against Euthanasia and Vivre Dans La Dignite, Living With Dignity, against both the federal and Québec provincial governments arguing Québec’s law, which was adopted last summer and will go into effect in December 2015, is stepping on federal jurisdiction by undercutting sections of the Criminal Code that outlaw assisted suicide and euthanasia and by attempting to define the intentional killing of patients by doctors as healthcare.

The proposed safeguards in the law are discriminatory and violate ss. 7 and 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, says an affidavit filed by the Coalition.

“Any change to decriminalize euthanasia is properly the jurisdiction of the Parliament of Canada, as it is in its pith and substance a question of criminal law,” says the court document. “The federal law is and should be paramount in order to ensure certainty, universality and equal benefit and protection of the criminal law across Canada.”

Link to the full article.

Physicians Alliance Against Euthanasia on Global News

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Catherine Ferrier being interviewed by Tom Clark

Catherine Ferrier being interviewed by Tom Clark

Tom Clark from Global News, interviewed Dr Catherine Ferrier, the leader of the Physicians Alliance Against Euthanasia. Clark fails in his attempt to discredit Ferrier in the one-sided interview, The interview is based on the - Open Letter to Canadians on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide.

The Physicians Alliance are urging Canadian physicians to sign the Open Letter to Canadians.

Link to the video of the interview.

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Margaret Somerville: Should Canada permit assisted suicide

Assisted suicide leads to normalization of euthanasia, harms the vulnerable and degrades our respect for the value of human life.

By Margaret Somerville

Margaret Somerville

Margaret Somerville

Euthanasia and assisted suicide go beyond personal ethics to involve social ethics. Advocates frequently resort to a personal story, often that of a suffering relative, to explain their stance. They avoid asking the question, “What does it say about a society that deals with the big problems of human existence by legalizing the ‘quick fix’ of inflicting death?” Such a society is abandoning the great philosophic traditions of Western civilization. Everything now depends only on majority opinion and technological capacity.

Moreover, euthanasia differentially implicates the most vulnerable members of a society. We can’t judge the ethical tone of a society by how it treats its strongest, most privileged, most powerful members, but by how it treats its weakest, most vulnerable and most in need.

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Physician Hastened Death: Awaiting a Verdict

Harvey Chochinov

Harvey Chochinov

By: Prof Harvey Max Chochinov, OC OM MD PhD FRCP(C), is Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care; Director, Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit; Chair, Canadian Virtual Hospice; and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Manitoba.


Prof Balfour M. Mount, OC QC MD FRCP(C), is Eric M. Flanders Professor Emeritus of Palliative Medicine, McGill University.

Balfour Mount

Balfour Mount

On October 15th, the Supreme Court of Canada will hear an appeal by the BC Civil Liberties Association that could grant terminally ill Canadians the right to assisted suicide. Given that impending ruling, the recent passing of Bill 52 in Quebec (legalizing euthanasia or what is euphemistically being called Medical Aid in Dying [MAD]) and rumblings from parliament of yet another private members bill on assisted suicide, Canada is clearly at a crossroads on this issue. The Court faces a daunting task. Where rhetoric ends, the war of what the data say begins; with each side invoking elements of empirical evidence that happen to support their particular argument. Add fear of death, dread of the process of dying—and our societal aversion to discuss these issues—and one begins to appreciate what the court is up against.

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Court challenge: Belgian doctor kills depressed woman by euthanasia.

ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM NEWS RELEASE
3 September 2014 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Tom Mortier

Tom Mortier

ADF represents son asking European Court of Human Rights to take case against Belgium.

Strasbourg, France – Alliance Defending Freedom filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights Wednesday on behalf of Tom Mortier, who is challenging Belgium’s laws that allow euthanasia. Mortier’s mother was put to death by a doctor for “untreatable depression” even though she was not terminally ill. Mortier did not find out what had happened until he received a telephone call the day after her death.

Read More: http://www.alexschadenberg.blogspot.ca/2014/09/belgian-doctor-kills-depressed-woman-by.html