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News and Opinions
- December 17, 2014A survey done by Angus Reid of 1504 randomly selected Canadian adults from November 25-28, 2014 asked the question: Do you approve or disapprove of proposals to change the criminal code of Canada to allow physicians to assist with the suicide of their patients by prescribing lethal drugs?- 79% approve... 37% strongly approve and 42% moderately approve- 18% disapprove..10% strongly and 8% moderatelyThat shows that more than 8 out of 10 Canadians want the law changed!Under what circumstances? Should such assisted suicide be permitted in the following types of cases:- Terminal disease and would rather end it sooner 82% agree/ 18% disagree- When a person is in a great deal of pain 76% agree/ 24% disagree- Alzheimer's & fears loss of awareness/bathroom functions 67% agree/ 33% disagree- Can't get access to medical care for pain & suffering 55% agree/ 45% disagree2 out of 3 Canadians want choice for people with dementia...even though these people lack mental capacity to make decisions. Interesting!Lots more interesting stuff in the Angus Reid poll...follow the link.National Post's article "Not a controversial issue in Canada anymore"DWD's poll in August found similar results. Here's that poll.
- December 12, 2014
Dr. Gerald Ashe, a family physician and palliative care specialist, was called at home by the local coroner last week and told that one of his patients — a Brockville father of three with terminal cancer — had shot himself.
- December 6, 2014
A new poll in the U.S. shows an increase in support for medically assisted dying.
An overwhelming 74 per cent of American adults now believe that terminally ill patients who are in great pain should have the right to end their lives, the poll found. Only 14 per cent of respondents were opposed.
- December 5, 2014
Dr. Brian Goldman of CBC Radio's White Coat, Black Art spoke with Maureen Taylor, Dr. James Downar and Manitoba MP Steven Fletcher about palliative care and its relationship with medically assisted dying.
- December 2, 2014A new paper published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal this week addresses one of the key fears of opponents of end-of-life choice: that legalizing Assisted Dying will create a “slippery slope” that will lead some doctors to euthanize palliative patients who don’t wish to die.Posted In: News
- November 21, 2014Is Canada ready to legalize medically assisted dying?
- November 21, 2014
Looking to make a written submission to the B.C. government's Standing Committee on Health? Use the template below to craft a powerful appeal on why the province should expand end-of-life care options for all British Columbians.
- November 21, 2014
Calling all Dying with Dignity Canada supporters in British Columbia — it’s time to raise your voice for choice. Take action before December 31, 2014!
The provincial government has forged a new all-party committee to make recommendations on how to improve B.C.’s healthcare system. As part of its study, the task force is calling on residents to weigh in on the future of end-of-life care in the province, among other complex issues.
- November 18, 2014
To voluntarily stop eating and drinking when a person is at the end of life is a tradition as old as life itself. People have been dying this way for thousands of years. Before the technological age, sick people usually knew when their time had come, and they could turn their faces to the wall and die in their own beds. No one thought it shameful.
- November 15, 2014In 1988, Ellen Agger, of Mahone Bay, N.S., and her mother, Molly Blake (pictured), joined Dying With Dignity to get Living Wills. Little did they know that just 10 years later, Molly would develop a fast-progressing type of dementia. Her Living Will — and the conversations the two had as they each made their own — offered the guidance that Ellen needed to make many difficult decisions on her mother’s behalf during her final illness.Posted In: Stories
- November 14, 2014
New Jersey could become the next state in the U.S. to legalize medically assisted dying.
On Thursday, the New Jersey General Assembly, the lower house in the state's legislature, voted in favour of a bill that would allow physicians to prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill patients.
- November 13, 2014
Christian Piatt writes about shortening one's life from a fresh perspective of the Christian point of view in his blog "Father, Son and Holy Heretic"
Here, he discusses Jesus's decision to go to Jerusalem...For Christians, consider the case of Jesus, willingly riding into Jerusalem to face the judgment of those who sought to execute him. It was, for all intents and purposes, a suicide mission. He knew precisely what he was facing, and despite the pleas of his fellow followers and loved ones to avoid such a fate, he decided to face, and even embrace, his own death.
- November 9, 2014
As an Australian parliamentary committee starts discussion on medically assisted dying the newspaper, The Age, announces it supports the concept as long as guidelines are in place.
- November 8, 2014
People who are terminally ill and desperate to end their suffering are controlling when and how they die. Sometimes their choice is violence, because they have no alternative. Sometimes they choose to die alone so their loved ones are not implicated.
No government nor church can stop it.
So why are Canadians forced into these clandestine methods rather than being given a choice of medically assisted dying?
Unfortunately we have no statistics of what's happening in Canada but this article describes the situation in the U.K.
- November 6, 2014
The debate about physician-assisted dying will continue for ever. However, 84% of Canadians are in favour of personal choice and compassion. The other 16% believe in something else that I can't figure out.
- November 4, 2014
The membership of CARP were recently asked "Do you agree or disagree physician assisted dying should be legal in Canada?" Following the results of our own Ipsos Reid poll, CARP's members responded with 85% in favour and 12% opposed.
Click here to see the results of our poll that was done by Ipsos Reid.
- November 3, 2014
Brittany, aged 29 and suffering with brain cancer, moved to Oregon so that she could choose to end her suffering. On Saturday she made that choice.
Last year, Dr. Don Low, also suffering from brain cancer but living in Canada, went though hell. Today, Maureen Taylor, Don's widow commented "They had the same tumour, same will to live, same acceptance of fate, same desire for a death with dignity. Don suffered, Brittany didn't have to."
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