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uOttawa Students For Life: Dying: A Question of How, Not If

This post was written for uOttawa Students For Life by uOttawa Students For Life. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

Margaret Somerville contributes her usual clarity and sound reasoning to this written debate on euthanasia/assisted suicide. Have a look and vote! As a bonus, in this interesting two-minute video Margaret Somerville suggests that though their white coats lead us to think they can do no wrong, doctors are mere mortals too.

While we’re on the topic, follow this link to sign the Declaration of Hope opposing euthanasia and assisted suicide legislation. For news about the push for euthanasia in different countries, read Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.


Read the comments at the uOttawa Students For Life website.

Petition to the Attorney General: Carter v. Canada

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is collecting petitions in regards to the upcoming court case that seeks to reject Canada’s protections against assisted suicide.

For more information on the Carter case and the threat is poses, please see the following article written by Will Johnston, MD, Margaret Dore, JD, and Alex Schadenberg.

From the EPC’s website:

Last year, Canada’s parliament rejected Bill C-384, a bill to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide, by a vote of 228 to 59. After losing the political battle, the suicide lobby is bringing their demand for legalized killing to the courts.

The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association has challenged the Attorney General of Canada to discard Canada’s protections from euthanasia and assisted suicide. In Carter v. Canada, the BCCLA has asked the court to legalize “the administration of medication or other treatment that intentionally brings about a patient’s death by the act of a medical practitioner.” If accepted by the courts, this definition would clearly legalize euthanasia.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition provides this petition to enable all people in Canada to speak out in opposition to the attempt to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide through the courts. We strongly encourage you to print this petition (both sides) and have it signed by friends, family and members of your community.

To print the petition (in English or French) or sign it online, please click here to visit their website.


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University of Toronto Students for Life: Robert Latimer granted full parole

This post was written for University of Toronto Students for Life by Danny Ricci. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

Many apologies to the readers of this blog for the lack of posts but I’m in exam mode and studying is hectic. While I try to survive pharmacy school here is a news report from CTV about the Robert Latimer case. I don’t have time at the moment to analyze it but here are a few of the points from the article:

Robert Latimer, who was convicted of second-degree murder for killing his severely disabled daughter, has been granted full parole and will be home for Christmas.

He was convicted by two sets of juries, one in 1994, and another at a retrial in 1997. He has said he did not receive a fair trial and wants Ottawa to reopen his case.

“It’s obvious they didn’t understand what was going on, and the medical stuff is hard to understand,” he told reporters outside his farm in 2008. “You’re not just going to read it and know.”

Latimer has said the carbon monoxide poisoning of Tracy at his farm near Wilkie, Sask., was a mercy killing because of her years of pain and difficult surgeries.

I wish I had the time to throw in my two cents but comments are always welcome. Check out the article and let us know what you think.

If you are also interested, Alex Schadenberg continues to do great work for the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and he posted an editorial about how the Latimer case still haunts us.

Read the comments at the University of Toronto Students for Life website.

University of Toronto Students for Life: CBC needs new editors

This post was written for University of Toronto Students for Life by Danny Ricci. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.

CBC reported earlier in September that MP Francine Lalonde will not be running for re-election due to bone cancer. I pray she fights this disease as she did in the past. However, one part of the article struck me:

Lalonde made a name for herself in politics after introducing a private member’s bill that would allow euthanasia and assisted suicide under strict conditions.
Bill C-384 was defeated 228-59 in a vote earlier this year.
I’m not sure what the CBC’s definition of stricit conditions is, but here are the actual facts about Bill C-384 from Alex Schadenberg:
- The fact is that Bill C-384 would have legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide for people with mental or physical pain,
- You did not have to be terminally ill and it didn’t define terminal illness.
- It was not limited to Canadian citizens.
- It defined competent as “appearing to be lucid.”
I would say the CBC needs new editors. Or, at the very least, they need to take 5 minutes and do a google search.

Read the comments at the University of Toronto Students for Life website.