TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC)
intervened in the BC assisted suicide case in order to uphold the
principles of Parliamentary sovereignty and basic human rights. EPC is
pleased that the Court has followed the lead of Canadian Parliament,
the Supreme Court of Canada, and of the majority of Parliaments and
Supreme Courts around the world in finding that the prohibitions
against assisted suicide represent an important protection against
abuse of vulnerable people.
EPC legal counsel Hugh Scher states:
EPC is concerned about the safety, security and equality of people with
disabilities and seniors, which is central to the protections set out
under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and our Criminal Code.
EPC-BC chair Dr. William Johnston states:
The debate is over whether what the suicidal person proposes - to kill
themselves - is a goal which should be shared and facilitated by the
state. I suggest there are alternate goals like the treatment of
depression and other symptoms, to which the state should apply itself.
When someone has lost hope for the future, finds no meaning in their
life, and sees only one solution - death - we recognize a suicidal
depression. That bleak tunnel vision should evoke suicide prevention,
Disability rights advocate Amy Hasbrouck of Toujours Vivant - Not Dead
People with disabilities, chronic illness and seniors are negatively
affected by assisted suicide and euthanasia because it leads to the
impression that our lives are lacking in meaning and value as compared
to other Canadians.
EPC Executive Director, Alex Schadenberg states:
The evidence is clear that in jurisdictions where these practices have
been legalized, there have been significant abuses of vulnerable
people. For example, studies in Belgium demonstrate that 32% of people
killed under the Belgian law were killed without consent and without
their own request, in breach of a fundamental condition of that law.
Not one of these doctors has been prosecuted.
EPC will seek to intervene should this matter be appealed to the Supreme
Court of Canada with a view to protecting the dignity and equality of
all Canadians, particularly those who are most vulnerable to the risks
of abuse from assisted suicide.
SOURCE: Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
For further information:
Dr. William Johnston, (Vancouver) EPC-BC Chair: (604) 220-2042 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hugh Scher, (Toronto) EPC Legal Counsel: (416) 816-6115 - email@example.com
Amy Hasbrouck, (Montreal) Toujours Vivant - Not Dead Yet: (450) 921-3057 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Schadenberg, EPC Executive Director: (519) 851-1434 - email@example.com