BC court case seeks to legalize Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Canada

VANCOUVER, Nov. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - The Carter vs. Attorney General of Canada (Carter case) will begin to be heard on Monday, November 14, 2011 in a Vancouver court.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) and EPC – BC have intervener standing in the Carter case.

EPC – BC is organizing a demonstration on the steps of the Vancouver courthouse from 9:30 am10:30 am on November 14.

EPC – BC chair, Dr Will Johnston states:
“I see elder abuse in my practice, often perpetrated by family members and caregivers. A desire for money or an inheritance is typical. To make it worse, the victims protect the abusers. In one case, an older woman knew that her son was robbing her blind and lied to protect him. Why? Family loyalty, shame, and fear that confronting the abuser will cost love and care.”

“Under current law, abusers take their victims to the bank and to the lawyer for a new will. With legal assisted suicide, the next stop would be the doctor’s office for a lethal prescription. How are we going to detect victimization when we can’t do it now?”

EPC legal counsel, Hugh Scher notes:
“Concerns about safety, security and equality of people with disabilities and seniors will be central to the arguments advanced by EPC before the court, as will concerns about medical ethics and the proposed change in the doctor-patient relationship.”

EPC executive director, Alex Schadenberg states:
“The issue was debated last year in parliament and consistent with the earlier Senate Committee reports, parliament defeated Bill C-384, a bill that would have legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada, overwhelmingly by a vote of 228 to 59.

SOURCE Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of Canada (EPC)

For further information:

Will Johnston, MD, willjohnston@shaw.ca, (604) 220-2042
Alex Schadenberg, info@epcc.ca, (519) 851-1434 or (519) 439-3348
Hugh Scher, hugh@sdlaw.ca, (416) 816-6115

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