Filtered By - Euthanasia

  • National Post Doctors who conscientiously object to providing euthanasia referrals should not be forced to do so Wednesday June 21st, 2017
    Conscientious objectors shouldn't be shunned for merely holding to the originalist criterion of their vocation. From June 12 to 15, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice heard legal arguments relating to conscience rights for doctors in Ontario. Five doctors and three physicians’ organizations want the court to declare portions of policies created by the College of Physicia...
  • National Post Let’s not become Belgium when it comes to assisted suicide Tuesday June 7th, 2016
    In February, the archbishop of Edmonton announced that in the event of legalized euthanasia, physicians and other health-care workers of Covenant Health Hospital would not be participating in the active termination of patients’ lives. In response last month, Alberta’s associate health minister Brandy Payne stated that Covenant Health’s conscientious objection woul...
  • National Post Let palliative care enough time to prove itself Thursday December 3rd, 2015
    A euphemism is, the dictionary tells us, “a mild or indirect expression substituted for one considered to be too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing.” And we live in an age where avoidance of the unpleasant is something of a mania. Especially where death is concerned. “Pregnancy termination” sounds better than “abortion.&rdq...
  • National Post The decision to die is a private matter; its execution should be, too Friday August 7th, 2015
    On the surface, Gill Pharoah was an English woman much like myself – a healthy septuagenarian with grey hair, living with a partner she loved, also in good health, a mother of two like me, a grandmother, mentally fit, not subject to depression or other mood disorders. Pharoah did have some physical aches and pains, as do I, but none that actually needed more than over-the-counter m...
  • National Post Keep the state out of the killing rooms of the nation Wednesday February 11th, 2015
    Commentary following last Friday’s Supreme Court decision on assisted suicide has filled the pages of this and other Canadian publications. Opinion for and against the ruling has been intelligently debated. But I have yet to see a column that focuses directly on my own concerns, so here is my two cents. I am firmly in the anti-euthanasia camp, as my last two columns have indi...
  • National Post No one really wants euthanasia. Suffering people want an end to their pain Wednesday February 4th, 2015
    I return this week to the topic of my last column: Euthanasia, considered until mere decades ago an audacious, immoral notion, has shed its aura of transgression. State endorsement was pioneered in the Netherlands, then taken up by Belgium, Luxembourg and, most recently, Quebec. Assisted suicide, euthanasia with a friendlier face, is legal in the U.S. states of Washington, Oregon, Montan...
  • National Post Euthanasia is so accepted that doctors must now justify prolonging a life Wednesday January 28th, 2015
    In 1994, Dutch journalist Gerbert van Loenen’s partner Niek underwent surgery to remove what was thought to be a pea-sized brain tumour. More complicated than predicted, the operation resulted in a brain injury that left Niek permanently disabled, yet still able to enjoy quality of life. Van Loenen willingly reorganized his life to care for Niek at home. But after four years,...
  • National Post Beware euthanasia’s friendly face Wednesday November 19th, 2014
    Comfort and palliative care should be available to anyone for whom death is an approaching certainty, especially when technological intervention and sustenance is not only futile, but a source of further anguish in itself. Right now, though, palliative care is accessible to less than a third of the population. And in Quebec, if Bill 52, the proposed law to decriminalize euthanasia,...
  • National Post Suicide is none of Medicare’s business Wednesday October 15th, 2014
    So far the issue of assisted suicide has been framed in polar terms. You’re for it or you’re against it. It’s a human right or it isn’t a human right. It’s a sin or it’s an act of compassion. Human dignity is inherent, whether one is independent or dependent, or human dignity ends when diapers enter the frame. ‘Who owns my life?’...
  • National Post Euthanasia’s damage to the human soul Tuesday September 30th, 2014
    Well, here we go again. Another controversial plan for assisted suicide – not surprisingly in Belgium, as so often in the past – and a first for a couple seeking an exit from life together, as they have lived for 63 years. Identified only as Francis, 89, and Anne, 86, they are both disabled. Francis has needed daily morphine for 20 years, while his wife Anne is quite de...
  • National Post Euthanize your dog, if you like. But hands off me Wednesday June 25th, 2014
    Quebec’s euthanasia law, Bill C-52, has now passed. My side lost that battle. Did we lose “fair and square” though? I personally felt that the rhetorical quality of public discussion leading up to its passage was low, with the pro-euthanasia side dominated by emotive narratives of heartbreaking, but near-uniquely hard cases, pundits’ personal fears and a narrow un...
  • National Post Fear the slippery slope Wednesday November 27th, 2013
    Quebec’s advocates for legalized euthanasia approve of Belgium’s system, which makes accommodation for unbearable mental as well as physical pain. But as this week’s Post series on legalized euthanasia in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg demonstrate, the subjective nature of what constitutes unbearable mental pain has led to euthanizations that cause many observe...
  • National Post Be careful about calling it ‘death with dignity’ Wednesday January 23rd, 2013
    I have always found it odd that the same people who feel the death penalty is barbaric often look benignly on euthanasia. And it does show that words matter. One person’s stark “state killing” is to another, as in Quebec’s pitch to legalize euthanasia, “dying with dignity.” But the final result is still a human being’s life purposefully ended by his ...
  • National Post Holy Post: My life, my choice Thursday November 26th, 2009
    Barbara Kay responds to Matt Gurney Posted: November 25, 2009, 3:14 PM by Matt Gurney Barbara Kay, Euthanasia, Holy Post Matt Gurney’s November 24 column, “My life, my choice” reprises the stock arguments for euthanasia: “every individual has the right to define the value they place on their own existence” and “just because euthan...
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