TORONTO, Oct. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC),
an intervener in the BC Court of Appeal assisted suicide case, hopes
that the BC Court of Appeal has followed the lead of the Irish Supreme
Court who upheld the right of the state to protect its citizens from
assisted suicide and reverse the errors in the court decision
concerning assisted suicide and euthanasia in Canada.
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."
Toujour-Vivant - Not Dead Yet leader, Amy Hasbrouck stated:
"People with disabilities, chronic illnesses and seniors are negatively
affected by assisted suicide, euthanasia and other end-of-life
EPC-BC chair Dr. Will Johnston expressed his concern that legal assisted
suicide has already being extended to people who are not terminally ill
in jurisdictions where it is practiced.
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."
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."
"the Carter decision also misinterpreted data from other jurisdictions
that have legalized assisted death by stating that there is no
significant risk to vulnerable patient groups. A study from Belgium
found that 32% of all assisted deaths were done without request and
incompetent people who are over the age of 80 were vulnerable to dying
by an assisted death without request."
SOURCE: Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of Canada (EPC)
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
Amy Hasbrouck, (Montreal) Tourjours Vivant - Not Dead Yet: (450) 921-3057, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex Schadenberg, EPC Executive Director: (519) 851-1434, email@example.com