MONTREAL, May 5, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Killing is not Care advertising campaign is now in full swing in Quebec's largest media outlets. Together, Living with Dignity and the Physicians' Alliance for Total Refusal of Euthanasia seek to build awareness around the risks inherent in legalizing physician-assisted death. The Quebec government is working on a bill to legalize "medically aid in dying", which really amounts to nothing else but euthanasia.
The organizations' 500 physicians and other members say this bill is cause for great concern. They maintain that modern medicine can assist and provide relief to dying patients without having to resort to euthanasia. In countries where euthanasia is legal, serious irregularities loom large: proof that such a bill would put the lives of our most vulnerable citizens in danger. To watch the 30-second advertisement go to www.vivredignite.com or www.caringalways.com .
May 11 Symposium : Protégeons les plus vulnérables
The public, the media and health care professionals are invited to attend a symposium entitled Protéger les plus vulnérables de l'euthanasie.
A roster of seven speakers from the areas of medicine, law and philosophy will include Dr. Balfour Mount, the founder of palliative care in North America, and Dr. Patrick Vinay, director of palliative care at the CHUM. The symposium will be held on Saturday, May 11, at the Centre Mont-Royal (2200 Mansfield Street, Montreal, Peel metro station) from 8:30 am to 12:45 pm. Speakers will be available to meet the media from 10:45 am to 11: am and after 12:45 pm. For more information, go to www.vivredignite.com et www.refusmedical.blogspot.ca .
Investment in palliative care does not justify "medical aid in dying"
At the 23rd Annual Conference of the Réseau de soins palliatifs du Québec that began on Sunday morning, premier Pauline Marois announced a 15 million-dollar investment in palliative care. Living with Dignity and the Physicians' Alliance for Total Refusal of Euthanasia hail this decision while insisting that this investment in palliative care does not justify "medical aid in dying" - a concept in total contradiction with the philosophy and goals of palliative care. "They remind Quebecers that only 30per cent of terminally ill patients currently have access to palliative care. They believe this situation explains the public's perceptions about end-of-life suffering and openness to euthanasia as a potential solution. With universal access to palliative care, Quebecers would receive quality care until their natural death, and end-of-life requests for euthanasia would virtually disappear.
SOURCE: Living with dignity
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