Doctor-assisted suicide

2016 Newsletter

What a Team

Kudos to our excellent summer student interns for their great work on pregnancy and end-of-life research. Thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs program and the volunteer mentorship of Institute members.

Mariya-Kvitlana Tsap 3rd yr International Relations and Public Policy, University of Toronto  

“Working at the deVeber Institute this summer, with such a wonderful team, was an eye-opening experience as I had the chance to delve deeper into women’s health issues in the developing world.”

 

Katie Pfaff 2nd yr Social Work & Disability Studies, University of Windsor

How to End a Life

How to End a Life

A year since assisted suicide became legal, only a small number of physicians are willing to perform the procedure, and their numbers are shrinking. Taking a life is harder than they thought.

By Nicholas Hune-Brown | Published by TORONTO LIFE | May 23, 2017 AT 12:27 pm

From article:

Check ethics at the door

Check ethics at the door Re: Doctors’ Beliefs Must Not Impede Care: Ontario College, March 7. Published in National Post.

Something precious was lost when Ontario’s College of Physicians and Surgeons voted to strip doctors of their universally recognized right not to participate in an action that violates a properly formed conscience.

Its arrogance was nicely captured in the quote from past president Dr. Marc Gabel, who told the college counsel, “You cannot kick someone out of your office without care” — a slanderous mischaracterization of physicians who wish to bow out of the referral process for abortion and doctor-assisted killing. The vote took place the same day the Canadian Medical Association reportedly defended a physician’s right not to be forced to refer against his/her moral beliefs.

Unacceptable to force doctors to participate in assisted dying against their conscience

Legalized physician-assisted death will usher in such a fundamental change in practice “we simply cannot accept a system that compels physicians to go against their conscience as individuals on something so profound as this,” CMA president Chris Simpson said in an exclusive interview.

Canada's Supreme Court Ruling on Ban on Doctor-assisted suicide released today

Today the Supreme Court of Canada released its judgment to rescind legal prohibition on assisted suicide in Canada. The decision now calls on Parliament to draft legislation on the matter as the ruling will not be put into effect for 12 months.

https://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/14637/1/document.do