Canada drafts euthanasia law

By April 15, 2016 Recent News

NewsHub 15 April 2016
Family First Comment: Dangerous.
“Patients would also have to be experiencing “enduring and intolerable suffering” and death would have to be reasonably foreseeable. How do you define ‘enduring’, ‘intolerable’, and ‘reasonably foreseeable’? And WHO determines it?

Canada’s Liberal government has unveiled draft legislation on doctor-assisted suicide which would apply to adults suffering incurable illness or disability but stopped short of extending it to minors or the mentally ill for now.

Legislators will vote on the draft law, which applies only to Canadians and residents in the country, by June 6.

The Supreme Court of Canada overturned a ban on physician-assisted suicide last year but gave the new government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau extra time to pass legislation, adding Canada to the handful of Western countries that allow the practice.

Trudeau, whose father declined treatment for cancer before his 2000 death, said Canadians were “extremely seized with this issue.”

“It’s a deeply personal issue that affects all of us and our families and all of us individually as we approach the end of our lives,” he told a news conference in London, Ontario, on Thursday.

“The plan we have put forward is one that respects Canadians’ choices while putting in place the kinds of safeguards needed.”

Under the law, patients would have to make a written request for medical assistance in dying or have a designated person do so if they are unable.

There would be a mandatory waiting period of at least 15 days in many cases, and patients would be able to withdraw a request at any time.

Patients would also have to be experiencing “enduring and intolerable suffering” and death would have to be reasonably foreseeable.

Euthanasia bill provides perfect cover for acts of murder
Alex Schadenberg Euthanasia Prevention Coalition 14 April 2016
Bill C-14, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying) was tabled today in the House of Commons today.
The bill claims to be following a more restrictive framework, and in comparison to the radical recommendations from the government committee the bill appears to be more restrictive.

In reality the bill provides legal immunity to anyone, who kills another, under the act, while the bill fails to provide effective oversight of the law or conscience rights for healthcare professionals.
There are significant problems with the design of the bill.