VANCOUVER, March 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
(EPC), an intervener in the assisted suicide case at the BC Court of
Appeal, wants the BC Court of Appeal to reverse the errors in the
Carter decision concerning assisted suicide and euthanasia in Canada.
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 have 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 same study revealed that incompetent
people who are over the age of 80 are vulnerable to dying by an
assisted death without request."
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-BC chair Dr. Will Johnston expressed his concern that legal assisted
suicide is already being extended to those who are not terminally ill
in jurisdictions where it is practiced. "People have lost months and
years of life after being steered to suicide by its availability."
Johnston also stated: "Elder abuse, is already difficult to detect,
would be no easier to combat when a suicide offer is always dangling
before a vulnerable older person. Giving legal immunity to those who
would provide suicide does not make our loved ones safer."
SOURCE: Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of Canada (EPC)
For further information:
Alex Schadenberg, EPC Executive Director: (519) 851-1434, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Will Johnston, EPC-BC Chair: (604) 220-2042, www.epcbc.ca
Hugh Scher, EPC Legal Counsel: (416) 816-6115, email@example.com