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Dr. David Amies: Hospitals banning assisted dying should ditch dogma, consider compassion

In his latest blog post, Dr. David Amies takes another look at the troubling trend of publicly funded healthcare institutions refusing to provide assisted dying on site. By preventing suffering and competent individuals from exercising their right to a peaceful death, Dr. Amies says these institutions are turning their backs on the mandate to do no harm.

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DWDC calls on provinces, territories to ensure that assisted dying is allowed in all public hospitals

Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) is calling on Canada’s provincial and territorial governments to ensure that residents of all public hospitals, hospices and long-term care facilities have fair access to their right to medically assisted dying.

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DWDC CEO Shanaaz Gokool: Government’s response to assisted dying court challenge should worry human rights advocates

On the day she was appointed to federal cabinet, Vancouver MP Jody Wilson-Raybould received a mandate letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlining how she would channel the Liberals’ “sunny ways” into her new role as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. One of her central duties, the prime minister wrote, is “to ensure that the rights of Canadians are protected [and] that our work demonstrates the greatest possible commitment to respecting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.”

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Dr. David Amies: Bishops’ assisted dying edict short on love, understanding

In this blog post, Dr. David Amies responds to the assisted dying guidelines put forward by Canadian Catholic bishops and other Catholic associations in the country. Dr. Amies argues that the guidelines not only show how "out of touch" the church can be, but that its refusal to implement the fully legal and fully constitutional practice of assisted dying displays a stunning lack of love and mercy.

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Dr. David Amies: The disconnect between dying patients' wishes and the care they receive

In his latest blog post, Dr. David Amies discusses recent news reports that detail how doctors' attitudes toward death and dying could ultimately affect the quality of end-of-life care they give to their patients.

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Why medically assisted dying is not suicide

Assisted dying, physician-assisted death, medical assistance in dying. These are some of the terms our spokespeople use when they give a presentation or interview about Canadians’ right to die with the help of a doctor.

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Dr. David Amies: When a doctor's conscience thwarts patients' access to care

In his latest entry for Dying With Dignity Canada's blog, Dr. David Amies revisits the topic of conscientious objection, and in particular, whether physicians should be allowed to refuse to provide referrals for patients who request assisted dying — even if that refusal could ultimately lead to a denial of care.

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Dr. David Amies: The right-to-die movement continues to grow despite strong resistance

Buoyed by the precedents set by places that have legalized assisted dying, an increasing number of individuals are making moves to implement similar legislation in their own backyards. In his latest blog post, Dr. David Amies looks at current efforts in New Zealand and the states of Michigan and Colorado, and muses about a right-to-die movement that continues to grow in the face of staunch resistance.

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Dr. David Amies: California's Death with Dignity law could use some fine-tuning

In his latest blog post, Dr. David Amies looks at the recent case of a Californian woman with ALS who opted to take advantage of the state's newly enacted Death with Dignity law. While the woman was successfully able to end her life, her final moments did not afford her with the dignity she should have received.

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Quebec woman with M.S. starves herself to death after being denied assisted dying

For Hélène L., June 6 did not mark a new era of compassion and choice. Instead, she was left to die in a manner “worse than dogs.”

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