On June 1st, Andrew Coyne's article "Finger points of consent missing in assisted suicide bill" appeared in the National Post. In this article, Andrew comments on the pivotal role that consent and autonomy play in the debate on assisted suicide. He uses It's Not That Simple to support his argument that consent is not always present in countries with legalized euthanasia or assisted suicide and that the proposed safeguards will not be sufficient to protect vulnerable people. With a firm grasp on the arguments used to support assisted suicide, Andrew says:
“To put such emphasis on consent as the justification for taking life, however, is to concede that it cannot be justified without consent. When the subject is as priceless as a human life, it is not enough that consent usually be obtained. It must be in every case. It will not suffice if the safeguards are adequate. They must be perfect…At the very least, then, you would think that the verification of consent, and safeguards against proceeding without it, would have been the first priority of the drafters of C-14. Yet the bill leaves open all manner of possibilities for abuse or error. Perhaps two doctors are capable of determining whether a patient is “capable of making decisions with respect to their health,” but how exactly are they to be sure that the decision was “not made as a result of external pressure” or that a request was “voluntary”?”
This is great news for the publicity of It's Not That Simple! This book is being read and cited as a reliable source of information on the effects of euthanasia and assisted suicide in countries where they are legalized and the areas in which the proposed legislation in Canada endangers its citizens.
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Prof. Ian Gentles, co-author of It's Not That Simple, has a recent article featured in the Toronto Sun. Dr. Gentles highlights several concerns with the new legislation, including conscience rights for physicians, protection for those who do not want assisted suicide, and a lack of palliative care services. To read this article, click here.