TORONTO, VANCOUVER, LONDON, June 15, 2012 /CNW/ - The BC Supreme Court
released its decision in Carter v. AG Canada today. The decision carves
exceptions into the laws allowing Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in
The Federal Parliament of Canada recently considered legalization of
Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in a bill that came before the House in
2010. Bill C-384 was overwhelmingly defeated based upon concerns
related to the prospect of the abuse of seniors, people with
disabilities, the lack of an effective national suicide prevention
strategy, and the lack of access to good palliative care in Canada.
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Executive Director Alex Schadenberg
Parliament's overwhelming defeat of Bill C-384 months ago reflects that
there has not been a change in social consensus since the Supreme Court
of Canada's ruling in the case of Rodriguez v. AG BC in 1993.
Today's court decision is fundamentally at odds with the will of
Parliament as expressed just months ago and is fundamentally
EPC counsel Hugh Scher notes:
EPC is concerned about the safety, security and equality of people with
disabilities and seniors which is central to the protections set out
under our Charter of Rights and Freedoms and our Criminal Code.
EPC-BC chair Dr. Will Johnston states:
Most elder abuse is hidden from view - and if we can't detect the abuse
now, how are we going to do it when the stakes are raised? I have seen
how easily influenced older people can be, and how inadequate are our
national strategies against suicide. The present decision, which
should be immediately appealed and corrected, is a huge step backwards,
a blow to public safety, and would force changes in public policy which
would do more harm than good.
Dr. Johnston notes that:
Today's decision would point Canada towards the Oregon assisted suicide
regime, which has become notorious for its erosion of medical standards
and abuse of psychiatry to rubber-stamp suicide requests. The wish to
avoid Oregon's mistakes has been reflected in over 100 rejections of
assisted suicide by legislatures in North America and by medical
associations around the world.
EPC is urging the Crown to immediately appeal this decision to the BC
Court of Appeal and to seek an order that stays the effect of the
decision until such time as that appeal is heard.
SOURCE Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of Ontario
For further information:
Alex Schadenberg, EPC Executive Director: 519-851-1434,
Dr. Will Johnston, EPC-BC Chair: 604-220-2042
Hugh Scher, EPC Legal Counsel: 416-816-6115
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition - email@example.com,