On Sunday November 1st, 2015 the deVeber Institute hosted its annual public lecture. Our key-note speaker Dr. Will Johnston spoke on "Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Euthanasia". The Institute also launched the new book It's Not That Simple: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Today.
If you missed our Annual Public Lecture and Book Launch on Sunday, November 1st at the University of Toronto, you can watch videos of them below as well as read a summary of the key points here.
From Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Euthanasia
A few months ago, Canada’s Supreme Court nullified the longstanding prohibition on assisted suicide. “The ruling was unanimous, nine smart Canadian judges all malfunctioned as a team”. Johnston said, “I will leave it to legal scholars to dissect this malfunction of our highest court.”
Take-away points to remember:
"Most recently in 2010, our politicians rejected a bill to legalize assisted suicide by a crushing majority of 228-59. The people you would expect to poll Canadians for public opinion on an emotional issue like this one, have stood up to public opinion not once, but many times repeatedly turning aside all attempts to legalize assisted suicide." Prof. Ian Gentles, watch his segment here.
Studies show assisted suicide harms people
"In 1993 Robert Latimer murdered his daughter Tracy. Each time Robert Latimer was in court there was an increase in the incidence of the killing of children in care." Dr. Will Johnston
"Assisted" Suicide leads to an increase in all suicides
Oregon has had an assisted suicide law since 1994 and their suicide rate in general has risen at a faster rate than the national average. Dr. Will Johnston
The legalization of physician assisted suicide has been associated with an increased rate of total suicides. The use of euthanasia on psychiatric patients (people who are depressed, anorexic, etc) is now starting to spread. Euthanasia proponents insist their supporters simply feel better and less fear knowing that assisted suicide and euthanasia are ready and waiting. "We must find a less dangerous comfort than a constant offer of suicide on demand to help them feel better and fear less" Dr. Will Johnston
Part 2 - Key-note Speaker Dr. Will Johnston on Popular Delusions and the Madness of Euthanasia
Part 1 - Prof. Ian Gentles on the Supreme Court of Canada decision and the impact it will have on the future of Canadian health care. Prof. Gentles highlights why It's Not That Simple is imperative for every Canadian to have and read.
Prof Ian Gentles gave us new insights from our latest book, It’s Not That Simple: Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Today explaining there are reports of distress from numerous medical professionals who have to administer the lethal pills and injections. Many elderly patients are anxiously asking their doctor about the recent legalization of assisted suicide and what it will mean for them.
Questions and Answers
Part 3 - Question 1 - Will Canadian doctors have to participate in assisted suicide requests? What about conscience rights versus the patient's right to access euthanasia and assisted suicide?
Part 4 - Question 2 - What is the extent of the conspiracy? Why aren't they telling us what's really going on? What about doctors who support euthanasia and assisted suicide? https://youtu.be/TkhyRYN7vGo
Part 5 - Closing Remarks by Co-founders, Dr. Barrie DeVeber and Martha Crean. Dr. Barrie DeVeber reflects on this issue and how it will affect every Canadian, including him.
An edited video of this talk will be made available in a few weeks. Please check back in December to view it once ready.
Launch of "It's Not That Simple" a Success
It's Not That Simple presents the reader with the knowledge and understanding of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia and how it will greatly impact our society. The book focuses on the Supreme Court's decision on assisted suicide, the state of the law around the world, jurisdictions which have legalized assisted suicide or euthanasia, why patients request euthanasia and assisted suicide and the effect this change will have on our society. Finally, the book discusses quality end-of-life care, specifically palliative and hospice care and how euthanasia is not part of that and threatens it.
Noting a debate on assisted-suicide held at the University of Toronto earlier this year, at which Palliative Care nurse and specialist Jean Echlin spoke: 51% responded yes to the question “Is Canada ready for assisted suicide and euthanasia?” before the debate. After hearing the issue fully debated they were polled once more on the same question. This time only 28% were convinced that Canada was ready for physician assisted suicide. 72% now thought it was not. "Public opinion polls which consistently show a massive support for the legalization of physician assisted-suicide are not the best guide in the formulation of public policy."
"With its thorough overview of the relentless legal and political march toward euthanasia and assisted suicide, It's Not That Simple provides a stark and timely warning for every concerned Canadian. Read this book before it's too late." --Dr. Paul Ranalli is a Neurologist at Humber River Regional Hospital and an Associate Staff member of the University Health Network, Toronto.
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