First euthanasia death in Québec

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

This is a very sad announcement. According to the media, Québec had its first euthanasia death in the the national capital region. Québec has defined euthanasia as a form of healthcare. 

The article by Simon Boivin that was published in LaPressereported (google translated):

"There was a request that was made and where end of life care was provided, have gone to the end," says Annie Ouellet, spokesperson CIUSSS Capitale-Nationale. "And there is a second application that is being evaluated." 
In the case of the patient to whom the protocol was applied in full, the assisted dying has not been given at home, but in an establishment of CIUSSS, added the spokesman.

...The person must be of age, able to consent to care, suffering from a serious and incurable illness and experiencing constant and unbearable physical and psychological suffering.

Only a doctor has the right to inject a lethal dose to a patient, after having obtained the independent opinion of a second doctor in meeting the conditions to be met.A doctor can refuse to offer assistance to die, but the institution that hiring should meet the demand of the patient."

EPC urges the doctors to treat patients with excellent pain and symptom management and not lethal injection.

On December 1, Québec Superior Court Justice Michel Pinsonneault correctly prevented the Québec euthanasia law from coming into effect until the federal government amended the Criminal Code provisions prohibiting euthanasia. On December 22, the Quebec Court of Appeal overturned the Pinsoneault decision.

Canada has a disturbing constitutional situation. The federal Criminal Code prohibits euthanasia and Québec is being allowed to ignore the law.

Québec euthanasia kit offers no effective oversight over life and death

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

According to an article written by Sharon Kirkey and published by newspapers affiliated with the National Post, the Québec government will distribute euthanasia kits with step by step instructions for killing patients. The Québec government is following a similar protocol to the Netherlands euthanasia law.

After several years of language games, it is clear that the Québec government has given physicians the right, in law, to kill their patients by lethal injection. The article states:

Modelled on a formula used in the Netherlands, the Quebec protocol calls for a three-phase approach to assisted death via lethal injection. 
First, a benzodiazepine, a of sedative, would be injected to help control anxiety and "help calm the patient," Robert said. 
Next, a barbiturate drug would be injected to induce a coma. The third step would be a neuromuscular block, a derivative of curare that acts on the respiratory muscles to cause "cardiorespiratory arrest."

Euthanasia is about life and death. Errors or abuse of the law results in death.

Under the Québec euthanasia law, doctors will be sent euthanasia kits where the only actual oversight is a report that is sent-in after the death of the person by the doctor who lethally injected that person. Since the doctor who lethal injects a person is also the one who reports the death, the oversight is not only easily abused but it is impossible to prove that the "safeguards" in the law are being followed.

Clearly the system will allow abuse or maybe the Québec government is naive in thinking that doctors will never abuse their new found power over life and death.

The Québec euthanasia law gives doctors the right in law to lethally inject their patients for physical or psychological reasons.

Wesley Smith: France debates slow euthanasia

This article was published on Wesley Smith's blog on June 16, 2015.

By Wesley Smith

Wesley Smith

Wesley Smith

Sigh. If the euthanasia pushers can’t get people dead one way, they try another.

The French Senate is debating legalizing terminal sedation for the terminally ill who want it. From the Yahoo story:

France’s debate over end-of-life care goes to the Senate, with a bill that would allow doctors to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes, but stops short of legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide. 
Euthanasia is currently legal in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg, and recent polls show a large majority of French people favor legalization. But French lawmakers haven’t been willing to go quite that far, in a debate that is arising at the same time as the wrenching family dispute surrounding Vincent Lambert, a Frenchman in a coma since a car accident seven years ago.

But terminal sedation is “that far,” just via a slower process than lethal injection, as this part of the story makes clear:

The new bill would give people “the right to deep, continuous sedation until death.” Some doctors say it can mean patients are sedated for weeks, and that euthanasia may be more humane.

That’s killing by slow motion because it involves putting a patient into a coma and depriving them of food and fluids so they dehydrate to death.

Link to the full article

Czech nurse kills 6 patients to decrease her workload

By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Vera Maresova

Vera Maresova

A nurse in the Czech Republic has admitted to killing 6 people with a massive dose of potassium in order to decrease her workload.

According to an article in the Daily Mail, Vera Maresova, 50, confessed to killing five women and one man over a four-year period at a hospital in Rumburk in the Czech Republic.

The Daily Mail article stated:

Dubbed 'Nurse Death' by local media, Maresova was initially arrested over the death of a 70-year-old woman last August, but has now admitted killing five more people between 2010 and 2014 following a police investigation. 
According to the prosecution, Maresova injected the potassium straight into the blood stream of her six elderly patients, which caused them to suffer heart failure and eventually death. 
All of her victims were already in the intensive care unit at the hospital and it is believed Maresova thought their deaths would simply be attributed to natural causes.

According to the Daily Mail Prosecutor Frantisek Stibor said: 

'She is not insane and knew exactly what she was doing. Therefore she is fit to stand trial. 
'She used her knowledge of medicine to cause malfunctions in heart rhythms which led to heart failure and death.'

Link to the full article

Assisted dying would turn doctor's into executioners

A majority of Britons may support the Bill, but that's also true of the death penalty

I was going through past articles from and I came across this article that was originally published in the Independent on July 18, 2014. Alex Schadenberg

By Kevin Yuill

Kevin Yuill

Kevin Yuill

Clayton Lockett’s death by lethal injection earlier this year in Oklahoma brought a storm of criticism of Oklahoma’s death penalty procedures. Lockett mumbled, writhed, blinked his eyes and licked his lips throughout the procedure and took over 30 minutes to die. The Los Angeles Times observed: “The Oklahoma case is sure to be cited as strong evidence that state prison authorities cannot be trusted to capably administer lethal injections.”

But today the House of Lords is debating whether to invest British doctors with the same powers as the Oklahoma state prison authorities. Doctors will effectively become executioners if Lord Falconer’s Bill becomes law.

Why do liberals who, like me, think that capital punishment is unacceptable in a civilized society rush to support Falconer’s Bill? Beyond simply the method of dispatching people, there are many other similarities. If the premeditated killing of a human being by the state, even for the best possible reasons, is wrong, assisted dying is wrong.

Link to the full article


Schuklenk promotes euthanasia for newborns with disabilities and infanticide

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Udo Schuklenk, who was the chair of the one-sided Royal Society of Canada: End of Life Decision Making panel, is now proselytizing his philosophy (or Peter Singer's philosophy) promoting euthanasia for newborns and infanticide. Schuklenk uses quality-of-life arguments to support his eugenic philosophy to encourage the killing of newborns with disabilities.

In an article published in The Journal of Thoracie and Cardiovascular Surgery, titled: Physicians can justifiably euthanize certain severely impaired neonates, Schuklenk argues that some lives are not worth living and that parents should have the right to decide to end the lives of newborns with disabilities. Schuklenk states:

A quality-of-life ethic requires us to focus on a neonate's current and future quality of life as relevant decision-making criteria. We would ask questions such as: Does this baby have capacity for development to an extent that will allow him or her to have a life and not merely be alive? If we reach the conclusion that it would not, we would have reason to conclude that his life is not worth living.

Link to the full article