Euthanasia

Annual Public Lecture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kathy Matusiak
The deVeber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research
Tel. 416-256-0555
Email: bioethics@deveber.org

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

Margaret Somerville The Deadly Debate: Physician-Assisted Suicide on Trial

The deVeber Institute and the discussion of palliative care, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide

The deVeber Institute and its supporters have contributed to the discussion on end-of-life issues over the last 30 years:

Public Lecture: Push for Palliative Care, Prevent Euthanasia

Experts Talk and Roast Beef Dinner Buffet, $20

Thursday September 30th, 2010
Huron House Restaurant
1345 Huron Street, London, ON

Cocktails 6pm, Dinner 7pm

Featuring:

Dr. L.L. deVeber  MD, FRCPC
Jean Echlin, RN, MSN
Alex Schadenberg

Compassionate End of Life Care: for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

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At an evening co-hosted by L'Arche Toronto and the deVeber institute, three speakers share the challenges and joys of caring for people who are at the end of their lives.

Susan Morgan, MDiv, community chaplain with Saint Elizabeth Health Care, York Region, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Paul Zeni, MD, family physician and palliative care consultant for North Halton, Ontario, Canada

Jane Powell, graduate of a Certificate Program in Grief and Bereavement and co-facillitator of a grief group for members of L'Arche Toronto with developmental disabilities.

Quebec physicians are misleading

Quebec physicians who are proposing legal euthanasia misleadingly equate the use of analgesics for pain relief with euthanasia. Palliative care involves taking care of the patient unto death. It involves appropriate pain relief, but does not kill the patient and should not be confused with euthanasia. The legitimate medical practise of palliative care allows a person to die with a sense of dignity and respect, by caring for the person’s physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs. Rather than proposing euthanasia, the Quebec College of Physicians could invest more resources into palliative care, which allows the dying to live the best that they can while they're dying.