Very few doctors in Canada would kill a patient by euthanasia

By August 7, 2013 Recent News

National Right To Life News 5 August 2013
What do we know about the willingness of Canadian physicians to participate in euthanasia? Here are two authoritative polls.
An article published earlier this year by Postmedia News reported on a survey by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) that found very few Canadian doctors are willing to kill a patient by euthanasia, if requested.
The survey was done in response to the Carter case in BC that seeks to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide in Canada, and Quebec Bill 52 that would legalize euthanasia in Quebec.
The CMA defines euthanasia as:
“knowingly and intentionally performing an act that is explicitly intended to end another person’s life” in cases of incurable illness “and the act is undertaken with empathy and compassion.”
Canada’s criminal code prohibits euthanasia and assisted suicide, making it an offence to counsel or assist someone to commit suicide, or agree to be put to death. The CMA opposes euthanasia and medically assisted suicide in a 2007 policy.
The July 2011 CMA online survey that was completed by 2,125 Canadian doctors is considered accurate within plus or minus 2.1% 19 times out of 20. The CMA survey found that:
44% would refuse a request to assist a death,
26% were unsure how they would respond to a request,
16% would assist a death,
15% refused to answer the question while
16% stated that they were asked to assist a death within the past 5 years.
A similar survey by the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) published in November 2010 found that of the CSPCP members who responded to the survey, the overwhelming majority–88%–were opposed to the legalization of euthanasia while 80% were opposed to the legalization of assisted suicide.
The CSPCP survey also found that 90% of responding members would not be willing to participate in the act of euthanasia while 83% of responding members would not be willing to assist a suicide.