TORONTO, Jan. 16, 2014 /CNW/ - The Supreme Court of Canada has decided
to hear the Carter case, which seeks to legalize euthanasia and
assisted suicide in Canada.
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) intervened in the Carter case
at the lower court and at the BC Court of Appeal.
EPC will seek to intervene in Carter at the Supreme Court of Canada.
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. Will Johnston states:
The Supreme Court of Canada will consider this important public safety
issue. The Court rejected assisted suicide in 1993 and prevented Canada
from taking a wrong turn. In the 20 years since, human nature has not
changed, our poor record of predicting the dying process has not
changed, and vulnerable people are still at risk in our health care
system. Euthanasia activists continue to confuse the public about
turning off ventilators, which has little to do with the issue and our
ability to control symptoms continues to improve.
Let us hope that by clarifying the issues, the Supreme Court once again
confirms the rejection of suicide and direct killing of the sick, and
that we stay the course in providing great symptom control to all who
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:
In jurisdictions where these practices have been legalized, there have
been significant abuses of vulnerable people. For example, a study in
Belgium found that 32% of the people killed under the Belgian
euthanasia law were killed without request, a breach of a fundamental
condition of that law. Not one of these doctors has been prosecuted.
SOURCE: Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
For further information:
Dr Will Johnston, (Vancouver) EPC-BC Chair: (604) 220-2042, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hugh Scher, (Toronto) EPC Legal Counsel: (416) 816-6115, email@example.com
Alex Schadenberg, (London) EPC Executive Director: (519) 851-1434, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Hasbrouck, (Montreal) Toujours Vivant - Not Dead Yet: (450) 921-3057, email@example.com