Euthanasia

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

Medical Ethics in an Age of Medically Assisted Dying and Reproductive Decisions

Medical Ethics in an Age of Medically Assisted Dying and Reproductive Decisions
 

You're invited to our second annual summer symposium which will take place on July 15th! This event will feature speakers including: Jean Echlin, Dr. Kathy Pfaff, Dr. Shawn Whatley, and Prof. Ian Gentles. Our summer interns will also be presenting on the current research going on at the Institute.

It's Not That Simple in the News!

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:

Submission to Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights

The following submission was delivered to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights on Monday, May 3rd, 2016:
 
Bill C 14 on Medical Assistance in Dying Comment by Ian Gentles, Research Director, and Martha Crean, Co-President, deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research 
 
Bill C14 is a significant improvement over the Parliamentary Committee’s recommendations in February. Given the recent experience at Attawapiskat the last thing we need is easier access to suicide for teenagers. In fact the Canadian Paediatric Society opposes the legalization of assisted dying for minors. Many psychologists and psychiatrists have spoken out against assisted dying for those suffering from mental illness such as depression.

Fixes still needed for the assisted dying bill

http://www.torontosun.com/2016/04/22/fixes-still-needed-for-the-assisted-dying-bill

Published Friday, April 22nd 2016

Toronto Sun, Calgary Sun, Ottawa Sun, Winnipeg Sun and Edmonton Sun.

Prof. Ian Gentles, Research Director of the DeVeber Institutes for Bioethics and Social Research