MONTREAL, June 12, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Physicians' Alliance for Total Refusal of Euthanasia and the Living with Dignity (LWD) network strongly condemn the bill
tabled today by the Marois government. Under pressure from small but
persistent lobby groups, the government is pushing Quebecers onto a
dangerous path by creating a so-called "right to die".
The experience of three countries and four American states that have
already legalized euthanasia or assisted suicide give us a clear
warning against any « medical aid in dying » project. Dr Yves Robert,
secretary of the College of Physicians of Quebec, said clearly in an
interview quoted in L'Actualité médicale on January 29, 2013: "Let's call a spade a spade. 'Medical aid in dying' is euthanasia".
Euthanasia is nothing less than killing a person intentionally and
directly, for reasons of false compassion. The Physicians' Alliance and
LWD encourage all citizens opposed to this practice to contact their
MNAs and to express their point of view also in the media. Killing is
never health care.
According to retired lawyer Michel Racicot of Living with Dignity, it is
important to remember that "Quebecers already have the right to refuse
or to discontinue treatment. They already have the right to say "no" to
overtreatment and to receive effective painkillers and, if necessary,
sedation to reduce their pain. These actions have nothing to do with
This government bill is unnecessary, says Dr. Marc Beauchamp of the
Physicians' Alliance: « It is dangerous, discriminatory and opposed to
social justice. At a time when Quebecers are rightly concerned about
the scourge of elder abuse, it would be very naïve to think that
euthanasia, the ultimate abuse, will not become a growing threat to the
The Physicians' Alliance for Total Refusal of Euthanasia and the Living with Dignity network are struggling to ensure absolute
security for all patients admitted to hospitals. They are also
vigorously challenging this government bill which makes it possible to
kill citizens weakened by illness within the public health system in
Québec. Advanced medical skills and technology are very effective and
should be placed at the service of all patients: good palliative care
is needed for all, throughout Québec. Requests for death are cries for
help and they demand loving care, not the irrevocable act of
Killing has no place in health care in Quebec. This bill has been
developed through a process that is neither just nor credible. Those
who face death every day, the caregivers, know what great harm such a
law will cause to patients, families and caregivers. Even when the time
remaining is short it is of great value. Respect for human life even as
it nears its end is a basic principle in our society, one that is part
of our foundational Charters.
There is no doubt that this government bill opens the door wide to court
challenges from Québec groups and from the Federal government.
SOURCE: The Physicians' Alliance for Total Refusal of Euthanasia
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Source: the Physicians' Alliance for Total Refusal of Euthanasia and the Living with Dignity citizens' network.
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