The Supreme Court must uphold legal protections for every Canadian

By on October 15, 2014


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LONDON — The Supreme Court is hearing
a case concerning Canada’s laws related to euthanasia and assisted
suicide.

Many Canadians are concerned about whether the laws designed to protect
their lives will be upheld by the Supreme Court.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition intervened in this case at every
level.

EPC legal counsel Hugh Scher states:

EPC is concerned about the safety, security and equality of people with disabilities and seniors, which is central to the protections set out under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and our Criminal Code.

EPC-BC chair Dr Will Johnston states:

The Supreme Court will consider this important public safety issue. The Court rejected assisted suicide and euthanasia in 1993 and prevented Canada from taking a wrong turn. In the 20 years since, human nature has not changed, our poor record of predicting the dying process has not changed, and vulnerable people are still at risk in our health care system. We are getting better at controlling symptoms, and we have seen
the abuses of euthanasia in those few jurisdictions where this practice has become entrenched.

Let us hope that by clarifying the issues, the Supreme Court once again
confirms the Canadian rejection of suicide and direct killing of the
sick, and that we stay the course by improving symptom control to all
who need it.

EPC Executive Director, Alex Schadenberg states:

The Supreme Court needs examine how decriminalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide will affect every Canadian.

In other jurisdictions, euthanasia has expanded to include people with
depression, people with psychiatric problems, people with dementia,
teenagers and other incompetent people. The laws in other jurisdictions
have also been abused.

Canadian society needs to focus on how it cares for people in difficult
circumstances, not how it could kill these people.

Article courtesy of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition via Globe Newswire.