"One person’s actions don’t affect just them. They never do. If I choose assisted suicide it will affect my wife, my children and my grandchildren. It will affect my doctor because I will ask her to stop being a healer and become my killer. My suicide will affect my community and, in a small way, it will affect my nation by helping to entrench the notion there is such a thing as a life unworthy to be lived."
Profound words from Mark Davis Pickup, a man living with MS for 30 years, on the concept of an interdependent community.
Reprinted article from ehospice.com from: http://www.ehospice.com/ArticleView/tabid/10686/ArticleId/12262/language/en-GB/View.aspx
The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research held a luncheon ceremony at the 20th International Congress of Palliative Care to mark the inaugural Jean Echlin Award for Ethics in Palliative Care.
The award seeks to recognise individuals who epitomise the values of hospice and palliative care through their daily work. It honours palliative care pioneer Jean Echlin, a registered nurse who has demonstrated exceptional leadership in the field of palliative care in Canada.
Press Release: deVeber Responds to Doctor’s Request for Assisted Suicide
Response to Dr. Donald Low’s Request for Assisted Suicide
Jean Echlin, Advisor to the deVeber Institute, was interviewed by Metro Morning with Matt Galloway CBC News on September 25th, 2013
For her complete interview please click here: http://www.cbc.ca/video/news/audioplayer.html?clipid=2408418864
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Contact: Kathy Matusiak
The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research
BIOETHICIST PUT PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE ON TRIAL
Rights and respect for life are the glue that binds society
Toronto, Canada (November 22, 2012) - "Legalizing assisted suicide or
euthanasia raises issues that impact on some of our most important
shared values that provide the glue that binds us as society", stated
Margaret Somerville last night. She was speaking to a full audience
of over 200 people for the deVeber Institute's Annual Lecture, at St.
Michael's Campus at the University of Toronto.
Somerville, one of Canada's best known bioethicists, was considering
how the physician-assisted suicide debate impacts our society. "The