TORONTO, March 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
(EPC), an intervener in the assisted suicide case at the BC Court of
Appeal, is asking the BC Court of Appeal to reverse the errors in the
Carter decision concerning assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Norman Kunc, a long-time disability rights activist will be speaking
out against assisted suicide at the Monday morning courthouse
Kunc who has cerebral palsy will share his story and his perspective on
behalf of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, and explain why 2012's
Carter case will harm citizens with disabilities.
EPC Vice President, Dr Margaret Cottle, who specializes in palliative
care stated: "Legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide would give
doctors the power over life and death. I am concerned about patient
"Elder abuse is already difficult to detect and would be no easier to
combat when a suicide offer is part of the culture of care for a
vulnerable older person. Giving legal immunity to those who would
provide suicide does not make our loved ones safer."
EPC legal counsel, Hugh Scher stated: "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 Executive Director, Alex Schadenberg, stated: "the Carter decision
erred in several significant areas … the judge came to her decision by
falsely assuming that there is a 'right to suicide' in Canada."
Schadenberg further explained: "the Carter decision misinterpreted the
data from other jurisdictions that legalized assisted death when it
suggested that there is no significant risk to vulnerable patient
groups. A recent study found that 32% of all assisted deaths in Belgium
were done without request. The study revealed that incompetent people
who are over the age of 80 are vulnerable to dying by an assisted death
SOURCE: Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of Ontario
For further information:
Norm Kunc, disability leader: (604) 366-6263, email@example.com
Dr Margaret Cottle, EPC Vice President (604) 813-8665, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hugh Scher, EPC Legal Counsel: (416) 816-6115, email@example.com
Alex Schadenberg, EPC Executive Director: (519) 851-1434, firstname.lastname@example.org