TORONTO, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - EPC was shocked in October 2009 when the Royal Society of Canada
announced that they had established an "expert panel on end-of-life
decision making" that appeared to be made up of advocates from the
When reading the media release, it appeared that this "expert panel" was assembled by long-time
euthanasia advocate Jocelyn Downie. When we further investigated the
panel members it was clear that when this report would be a
pro-euthanasia propaganda report.
When the Royal Society of Canada announced the formation of this "expert
panel", EPC suggested that they should have at least appointed members
who supported euthanasia and members who opposed euthanasia and allow
them to offer two equal perspectives. But this did not happen. Wesley
Smith, a leading American bioethicist stated that the Royal Society
panel had "stacked the deck".
Tomorrow, the Royal Society of Canada "expert panel" on end-of-life
decision making will release its report.
We expect that it will suggest - for the most part - that all is fine
and good with euthanasia in jurisdictions where it is legal, that there
is more abuse in jurisdictions where euthanasia is illegal, that
concerns about death without request or consent or the euthanasia of
infants with disabilities or euthanasia of people with dementia are
rare and overblown and that Canada, and other nations, should go ahead
and legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide and treat it like a form
of medical treatment.
If I am accurate, it is because it is what I expected from the
beginning. Simply read the EPC November 2009 newsletter.
Jocelyn Downie, who has written a book to promote the legalization of
euthanasia in Canada, who has stated in speaking engagements that she
has designed the "perfect law" for legalizing euthanasia and assisted
suicide in Canada, recently sent a letter to the Deans of Medicine
across Canada stating:
"I am working (pro bono) on the British Columbia Civil Liberties
Association challenge to the Criminal Code prohibition of euthanasia
and assisted suicide in Canada."
The BCCLA Carter case, is currently being heard in the BC courts to decriminalize euthanasia
and assisted suicide in Canada.
If this report is similar to the Margaret Battin report from a few years ago, it will be designed to prove its hypothesis, and
it will miss, ignore or simply write off as a non-issue any study or
legitimate concern that disproves their hypothesis.
The most recent media release states that: "the Royal Society does not
have an opinion on these matters." If this report were a thorough,
independent and honest examination of the facts, then the Royal Society
would be happy to place their seal of approval on it.
In other words, this report represents the long-held opinion of its key
I wonder how the "expert panel" will write off the study published last
year that stated that 32% of the euthanasia deaths in the Flanders region of Belgium were without explicit request or
What about the study by the pro-euthanasia Dutch Oncologist Marije van
der Lee that was published in 2005 that showed that depressed people were 4.1 times more likely to request euthanasia?
How will they discount the disability perspective? Consider the article
by Marilyn Golden titled: Killing us Softly.
SOURCE Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of Ontario
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