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  • Euthanasia Movement in Canada More Radical than UK Counterpart
    far as to defend and raise money for euthanasia campaigner Evelyn Martens Schadenberg said Martens is scheduled go on trial in September in Duncan British Columbia for aiding and counselling suicide in the deaths of two BC women Canadian euthanasia activists also defended Robert Latimer for killing his disabled daughter in 1993 Mark Slattery spokesman for the UK s VES told the Scotsman that we campaign for change within the

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/canadamovement.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Canada Supreme Court Sends "Mercy Killer" to Jail
    similar factors it said The court did take the unusual step of noting that the government had the royal prerogative of mercy it could cut Latimer s sentence or pardon him and Latimer lawyer Mark Brayford appealed for just that in a later news conference But both he and Latimer noted that the federal government itself had argued against leniency during court proceedings The politicians won t touch this with a 10 foot pole They ll never get near this Latimer said Disabled and pro life groups hailed the decision as saying handicapped people should receive equal protection under the country s Charter of Rights and Freedoms It s a step in the right direction that hopefully we re still included in the Charter Peter Park a man who suffers from epilepsy told reporters in the marble court lobby Katie Paialunga a paraplegic in a wheelchair urged the government not to reduce the sentence It s saying that her Tracy s life is not as valuable as the next person s life and that s not the message we want Jim Hughes National President of Campaign Life Coalition said today to kill a person any person regardless of their physical or mental capacity is a crime against humanity and must be answered with the full force of law To do less would make a farce of the law and would relegate some human beings to a lesser state and of lesser value than others The Justices of the Supreme Court are to be congratulated on their integrity and on their conscientious deliberations Justice Minister Anne McLellan s spokeswoman Farah Mohamed said the government would examine any clemency appeal upon receiving recommendations from the National Parole Board She noted that the Latimer case had split Canadian public opinion and a national

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  • Canadian Polls and Television Programs
    program public meetings are scheduled in every state and major city on end of life issues Released today in the Archives of Internal Medicine a Canadian study claims 73 per cent of terminal cancer patients believe that euthanasia or doctor assisted suicide should be legalized The study was however based on a small sample size Seventy terminally ill patients 32 men and 38 women aged 43 to 88 were interviewed between 1996 and 1998 Eighty other patients who were approached about taking part in the study declined http www thestar com back issues ED20000911 news 20000911NEW02b EUTHA11 html Alex Schadenberg the Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of Ontario finds it interesting that a study of 70 people that took place between 1996 1998 was published recently without mentioning another study of 168 people that was done recently and showed that even though a person may wish to die at times during the dying process that their wishes will fluctuate incredibly based on the care that is given to them Dr Harvey Chochinov of the University of Manitoba released a study in the fall of 1999 where 168 patients who were dying from a variety of cancers were asked

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/canada2000.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Grant to Canadian Pro-Euthanasia Group
    provided by EPC both the Trillium Foundation and the Ministry of Culture continue to deny that DWD s intended program contravenes Trillium policies or that DWD s programs include illegal activity EPC points out that DWD is the largest organization promoting the legalization of assisted suicide in Canada and that DWD newsletters clearly indicate that one of the purposes of the pilot counseling program for which the Ontario Trillium Foundation

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/canada03.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Columbia's Highest Court Legalizes Euthanasia
    suicide could receive a prison sentence of six months to three years the Post reported Jose Euripedes Parra Parra who brought the case to the court told the Post that the ruling went far beyond the bounds of the court s mandate The role of the Constitutional Court is to preserve the constitution and not to legislate he said Life is a legal concept that deserves the full protection of the state The ruling also surprised pro euthanasia activists It was a real bombshell Beatriz Kopp de Gomez founder and honorary president of the Foundation for the Right to Die with Dignity told the Post We couldn t believe it either because we never approached the court In that sense it was not our doing Since the ruling directly contradicts current law the court directed the country s Congress to develop procedures to regulate the practice of euthanasia leaving it up to the legislators to determine how the terminally ill who want to die may express their consent and how they should be killed the Herald reported The Congress is currently immersed in dealing with many pressing issues such as drug trafficking and violence so legislators may not be able to address the issue of euthanasia for a long time according to the Post The Catholic Church at both the local level and the Vatican has denounced the ruling and filed a petition asking the court to nullify its decision the Post reported The large majority of Colombia s population of 36 million people belongs to the Catholic Church There are magistrates for whom freedom is the absolute value Between liberty and life they opted for liberty Rev Candido Lopez a Bogota priest told the Post The court is saying that the right to decide for myself is above the

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  • New UK Push for Euthanasia
    in the case of severe incapacitation as Taylor has done In Taylor s case however the doctors have said that the two actions requested by the disabled woman constitute euthanasia since the intention of the actions taken together would be to cause her death In July 2006 Taylor tried to commit suicide by starving herself to death but found it too painful After 19 days she decided the process of death by starvation was less dignified than living with the pain and disability of her condition according to The Scotsman report and began to take food Taylor has launched a lawsuit claiming the doctors are violating her human rights by refusing to help her commit suicide Her lawyers have applied for a court order that would force the physicians to accede to her demands or help her find another physician willing to carry out the lethal procedure Taylor s lawyers will argue that the doctors refusal violates a section of the European Convention on Human Rights that bans inhuman or degrading treatment The disabled woman was born with the heart and lung condition Eisenmenger s syndrome as well as a spinal defect known as Klippel Feil syndrome She is allergic to many pain medications making it difficult for her doctors to control her pain levels I m not depressed I am a happy person Taylor said But my illness is now at the point where I don t want to deal with it any more My consultant has told me he does not expect me to live for another year In that time I will deteriorate and that deterioration will become quite undignified I want to avoid that Doctors in the UK were warned in November that they could face prison sentences if they refused to follow patients demands for

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  • British Ob/Gyns Call Premature Newborns “Bed Blockers” in Overcrowded ICUs
    in neo natal units of bed blocking whereby women have to be transferred in labour to other units compromising both their and their babies care In the July 2005 report it added One of the problems of the success of neo natal intensive care is that the practitioners are always pushing the boundaries There has been a constant need to expand numbers of cots to cover the increasing tendency to try and rescue babies at lower and lower gestations Given the crisis in Britain s massive tax funded National Health Service NHS the government is under pressure to find ways to cut costs and waiting times This has created a boom in business for bioethicists who are asked to draw up guidelines for government spending The situation has left disabled patients many of whom are dependent upon assisted feeding and hydration in fear Several recent legal cases have highlighted the danger of allowing secular bioethics to run a completely nationalized health care system Last year Leslie Burke a man who suffers from a degenerative brain disease sued and lost a case to the NHS in which he demanded the right not to be dehydrated to death when he loses the

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  • Anglican Church Leader Rowan Williams Says Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Unacceptable
    remains opposed to euthanasia A church spokesman quickly responded to the statements of the Archbishop s advisor professor Robin Gill saying that Gill s views were not those of the Anglican church Williams op ed appearing in the UK s Times Online asked Do I have a right to die Religious believers answer for themselves that they do not For a believer to say The time could come when I find myself in a situation that has no meaning and I reserve the right to end my life in such a situation would be to say that there is some aspect of human life where God cannot break through It would be to say that when I as an individual can no longer give meaning to my life it has no value and human dignity is best served by ending it That would be in the eyes of most traditional believers Christian or otherwise an admission that faith had failed Williams explained It would imply that life at a certain level of suffering or incapacity could no longer be lived in relation to God The Catholic Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy O Connor supported Archbishop Williams denunciation of euthanasia

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