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Dr. David Amies: On 'institutional conscience,' Part 2

In a follow-up post to his recent column on balancing the convictions of faith-based healthcare institutions and the rights of their patients, Dr. David Amies argues that the "bald proscriptions" of religious figures who oppose assisted dying have declining relevance in our modern society.

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3 ways the new Angus Reid poll on assisted dying misses the mark

A new poll by the Angus Reid Institute suggests that Canadians are uncomfortable with some of the recommendations put forward in response to the Supreme Court’s February 6 decision on physician-assisted dying. Based on a survey of 1,517 Canadian adults, the institute’s survey asked respondents a number of questions inspired by some of the most controversial recommendations of Parliament’s Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying, including proposals surrounding mental illness, the obligations of faith-based institutions and providing access to mature minors. 

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New video: Why Canadians deserve the right to make advance requests for assisted dying

Imagine this scenario: you’re newly retired and excited to enjoy life when you’re suddenly diagnosed with dementia. The diagnosis itself is already heartbreaking, but you’re still haunted by the memory of your mother’s last days and the way dementia stripped her of her mental capacity and ability to speak. You know firsthand that dementia is predictable in its progression, and you know you’ll likely face the day when you’re bedridden and can no longer wash, feed or toilet yourself.

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Dr. David Amies: On balancing 'institutional conscience' and patient rights

In his latest offering for the Dying With Dignity Canada blog, Dr. David Amies floats a possible compromise solution that would make it possible for a faith-based but publicly funded hospital to respect patients' right to assisted dying without directly violating its founding religious principles. It's good food for thought as lawmakers try to balance patients' right to a peaceful death with the historical privileges enjoyed by church-affiliated healthcare institutions.

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Video: DWDC CEO Shanaaz Gokool speaks out about the greatest challenge facing our movement

With June 6 just around the corner, we are in a make-or-break moment for our movement. What we do now will determine whether Canadians have meaningful access to their right to a peaceful death for years to come.

In a new video on our website, DWDC CEO Shanaaz Gokool speaks to the greatest threat to patient-centred legislation for physician-assisted dying: well-funded special interest groups seeking to build a wall of red tape that separates you from your right to die with dignity.

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Dr. David Amies: We've come a long way, but there's so much more to do

Dr. David Amies takes a look back at the progress of the right-to-die movement since that monumental February day and the bumps along the way: from changing prime ministers to the granting of a four-month extension. He then predicts what we can expect to happen in the next three months as we count down to June 6th, when assisted dying will finally become legal.

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A.B., the first person in Ontario to be granted a physician-assisted death, hoped he wouldn't be the last

When A.B., a terminally ill 81-year-old grandfather, became the first person in Ontario to be granted a physician-assisted death, there was not a dry eye in the courtroom. The man—a self-proclaimed lover of life, poet, and avid sports fan—had been given the “right of human dignity” after his advanced stage lymphoma left him a “skeleton of the man [he] was.”

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Ontario government announces $75m in new funding for end-of-life care

Dying With Dignity Canada thanks the Government of Ontario for committing $75 million over three years in new funding to improve access to end-of-life care.

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Dr. David Amies: Publicly funded institutions must be driven by compassion, not righteousness

The debate over conscientious objection has intensified, following the release of a parliamentary report on February 25, which included a call to make physician-assisted dying available in publicly funded healthcare institutions. In his latest Dying With Dignity Canada blog post, Dr. David Amies weighs in on the ongoing debate over whether faith-based but publicly funded institutions have the ethical right to refuse physician-assisted dying.

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Dr. David Amies: With assisted dying report in hand, Ottawa has building blocks for new legislation

Dying With Dignity Canada Physicians Advisory Council member Dr. David Amies examines the recommendations put forward by Parliament's Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying, describing the report's emphasis on patients as "gratifying."

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