MONTREAL, Oct. 30, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The Coalition of Physicians for
Social Justice denounces the adoption in principle of Quebec's Bill 52
which promotes euthanasia. This law will cause the death of people who
should not be euthanized. Experience shows that safeguards and controls
do not work in countries and U.S. states where euthanasia and assisted
suicide is practiced. There are hundreds of cases of people who do not
give consent. Bill 52 will enable and encourage people, including the
young, with physical illness such as cancer or psychological problems
such as depression to abandon medical treatment that could otherwise
save their lives and be euthanized instead.
In Quebec, the government has already reduced access to new drugs for
breast, lung, and bowel cancer and lymphoma. Approvals for new
anti-cancer drugs covered by the Quebec health insurance plan have been
reduced from 77% in 2012 to 31% in 2013. Many people in their forties
and thirties - even as young as twenty - will not have access to these
cancer-fighting drugs. However, the health insurance plan will cover
the cost of the lethal injection if the law is passed.
Why isn't the Quebec government investing in health care for Quebecers
instead of euthanasia? Why isn't the Quebec government providing
accessibility to a family doctor for every Quebecer? Why is it not
speeding up access for screening to detect diseases like cancer?
Quebecers need a law to ensure access to health care in a timely manner,
for family doctors and medical services, and for palliative care when
needed. We do not need a law for rapid access for euthanasia.
The Coalition's position against euthanasia is supported by the World
Medical Association representing nine million physicians.
SOURCE: Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice
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Dr. Paul Saba md