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3 Out Of 4 Quebecers Want Euthanasia Legalized
LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/12/09 | Thaddeus M. Baklinski

Posted on 08/12/2009 4:02:49 PM PDT by wagglebee

MONTREAL, August 11, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - An Angus Reid-La Presse poll carried out on August 4 and 5 has found that more than three quarters of Quebecers agree that euthanasia should be legalized in Quebec.

Jaideep Mukerji, Vice President of Public Affairs at Angus Reid Strategies, said he was surprised by the results of the poll of 800 adults in Quebec.

"You'd be surprised how Quebecers are in favor of euthanasia and that their opinion on the subject is clear," Mukerji told La Presse, adding that support for the legalized killing was consistent across most social and economic strata.

"The responses of Quebecers are constant, regardless of gender, income or place of residence," he said.

The general consensus of Quebecers on the issue of ending life supports the action of the Quebec College of Physicians who in July announced plans to recommend the decriminalization of euthanasia, under specific circumstances, in order to pressure the federal government to amend the Criminal Code.

Though the College of Physicians stresses that their recommendation does not endorse assisted suicide, the timing of their proposal and the intended release of a "discussion paper" on euthanasia in October, coincides with the upcoming debate in Parliament on Bill C-384 - the bill to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide for people who are physically or mentally suffering or terminally ill - that was introduced by Francine Lalonde, the Bloc Québécois Member of Parliament from La Pointe-de-l'Île in May

Proposing that euthanasia be legalized "as part of appropriate care in certain particular circumstances," the College's task force on ethics concluded that Quebec society was ready for the intentional killing of the terminally ill who are in intense pain (85% of Quebecers in favor), people with an incurable disease (58% of Quebecers in favor), and patients in a coma who have left instructions to be euthanized if reduced to such a condition (86% of Quebecers in favor).

Margaret Somerville, Director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law in Montreal, told La Presse that the rejection of their cultural Catholicity by many in Quebec has played a major role in their acceptance of euthanasia.

"You can infer that Quebecers need a moral justification for euthanasia and that terrible pain can be one for them," Somerville observed. "It's hard to argue against euthanasia if there is no religion."

Suzanne Philips-Nootens, University of Sherbrooke professor at the Faculty of Law, cautioned that the survey results should not be taken at face value.

"Respondents expressed their view about an abstract situation," she said. "But the day when people actually become ill, studies show that their views on euthanasia tend to change."

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Executive Director Alex Schadenberg questioned whether the respondents actually knew what euthanasia is, and may have confused euthanasia with the right to refuse medical treatment.

"Legalizing euthanasia would give someone (usually a physician) the right to directly and intentionally cause the death of another person. Assisted suicide means giving someone(usually a physician) the right to be directly and intentionally involved with causing the death of another person.

Schadenberg told LifeSiteNews.com that euthanasia and assisted suicide are often viewed as issues related to personal autonomy but they in fact represent a loss of autonomy since euthanasia and assisted suicide require another person to be directly and intentionally involved with causing a person's death.

Schadenberg also expressed grave concern over the poll's revelation that a majority of Quebecers agreed that people with incurable disease could be euthanized.

"It is very concerning that this poll indicated that 58% of the respondents supported euthanasia for people who were not terminally ill but living with an incurable illness. People with disabilities need to be concerned about negative attitudes that exist toward people who live with disabilities and incurable conditions."

To help the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition in its important work to defeat the passage of legislation that would legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide for vulnerable Canadians, donations can be made by paypal through their website here, or by credit card by calling their office at: 1-877-439-3348.

See related LSN coverage:

Quebec Physicians Propose Legalized Euthanasia

MP Introduces Euthanasia Bill into Canadian Parliament

Council of Canadians with Disabilities Opposes Euthanasia Bill C-384

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Provides Package for Lobbying Canadian MPs over Euthanasia Bill


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bioethics; euthanasia; moralabsolutes; prolife; quebec
Only the left believes that right and wrong should be decided by public opinion.
1 posted on 08/12/2009 4:02:50 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 08/12/2009 4:03:40 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

lets face it if you lived in quebec wouldn’t you want a sucide option?


3 posted on 08/12/2009 4:04:05 PM PDT by Americanwolf ("How could they not tell they had a friggin 70 foot whale hanging off their bow?" ---Tijeras_slim)
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4 posted on 08/12/2009 4:04:24 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

I suspect the numbers are that close here in the USA.


5 posted on 08/12/2009 4:04:32 PM PDT by devane617 (Republicans first strategy should be taking over the MSM. Without it we are doomed.)
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6 posted on 08/12/2009 4:04:58 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

Apparently, some folks are tired of waiting on those Waiting List’s or being denied those life-sustaining drugs, etc.


7 posted on 08/12/2009 4:05:49 PM PDT by cranked
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To: wagglebee

Regardless, it should be the choice of the INDIVIDUAL AND HIS/HER FAMILY....NOT A SOCIALIST GOVERNMENT!!!


8 posted on 08/12/2009 4:06:23 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: wagglebee
You wanna off yourself? Suck on a tailpipe. Put your head on the track at a light rail station. Slam down a few bottles of Robitussin. Better yet, entertain us: make it a 'here, hold muh beer' moment involving farm equipment. But don't expect us to pay for your urge to kick dirt. Just die. The world you leave behind will be a better place.


9 posted on 08/12/2009 4:09:09 PM PDT by Viking2002 (Ted Nugent for Attorney General '12. You Know You Want It.)
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To: wagglebee

Can someone clarify something for me. Are they speaking of euthanasia where say...the state can come in and decide for you that you are in need of killing or are they talking about voluntary assisted suicide?


10 posted on 08/12/2009 4:09:29 PM PDT by TNdandelion (I'd rather have FedEx run my healthcare than USPS.)
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To: wagglebee

In Hockey News, 3 Out Of 4 Quebecers Want the Montreal Canadiens euthanized


11 posted on 08/12/2009 4:09:44 PM PDT by gipper81 (If anyone is asking "why?" - read the Road to Serfdom, FA Hayek)
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To: wagglebee

Are people crazy?Do these brainwashed goons think the government is God?


12 posted on 08/12/2009 4:10:17 PM PDT by taxtruth (STAND UP OR BE STOOD ON!)
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To: wagglebee

Are people crazy?Do these brainwashed goons think the government is God?


13 posted on 08/12/2009 4:10:23 PM PDT by taxtruth (STAND UP OR BE STOOD ON!)
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To: Viking2002

snort


14 posted on 08/12/2009 4:10:33 PM PDT by TNdandelion (I'd rather have FedEx run my healthcare than USPS.)
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To: wagglebee

I guess these people feel that the more people that are killed, the more money there is for them. It seems the healthiest people are the sickest of all.


15 posted on 08/12/2009 4:12:58 PM PDT by mtg
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To: taxtruth
The theory of Socialism/Communism is to destroy the family, faith and intelligence of the sheeple and make them reliant on the politburo...The end of life is better chosen, than left to the Death Panel...
16 posted on 08/12/2009 4:18:24 PM PDT by Eagletest
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To: wagglebee
I can imagine the campaign ads...

"Mama is old and I am tired of her being in my house, yes I want it legal" "My old man has been griping at me to get a job for 30 years but he got enough money for both of us and I stand to inherit this house. So yes, I want it legal"

17 posted on 08/12/2009 4:19:09 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: gipper81

“In Hockey News, 3 Out Of 4 Quebecers Want the Montreal Canadiens euthanized”

I suspect those numbers are a bit higher ... LMAO!!!


18 posted on 08/12/2009 4:21:08 PM PDT by maggief
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To: TNdandelion

Can someone clarify something for me. Are they speaking of euthanasia where say...the state can come in and decide for you that you are in need of killing or are they talking about voluntary assisted suicide.

Voluntary: “We are sorry to inform you we will not fund your expensive operation, but we will fund euthaniasia pills!”

signed,
Govt healthcare system, your only option

It is THAT voluntary


19 posted on 08/12/2009 4:21:12 PM PDT by GeronL (http://unitedcitizen.blogspot -Guilty of deviationism- http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: TNdandelion

Voluntary. The bill is to make it legal for those who expressed that they wanted to die, often through a living will.

It is not a bill that tell physician to suggest it, or to have patients have a talk every 5 years about it. It is not a bill forcing living wills on anyone either.

And I have no opinion on that beside the fact that everyone on the planet seems to pass better legislation than we do when it come to controversial issues.


20 posted on 08/12/2009 4:23:49 PM PDT by Twofortea (Yes, I often differ from "accepted" Conservative views. So sue me.)
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To: GeronL

Don’t talk through your hat.

Here is the anti-Euthanasia coalition’s page : http://www.euthanasiaprevention.on.ca/Analysis-BillC384.htm

You’ll see that even they recognize that it has nothing to do with what you say.


21 posted on 08/12/2009 4:27:18 PM PDT by Twofortea (Yes, I often differ from "accepted" Conservative views. So sue me.)
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To: wagglebee

Euthanasia? Geez, all that Quebecers have to do is go to their Winter Carnival and drink too much Caribou...


22 posted on 08/12/2009 4:28:54 PM PDT by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but he will give us the shaft.)
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To: wagglebee

Quebec announces that it is sorely needs evangelizing.


23 posted on 08/12/2009 4:33:52 PM PDT by marron
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To: wagglebee

wow - wouldn’t this clear up that whole Canadian Quebec separatist/French problem in a hurry? 3/4 of Quebec are in favor of being euthanized.


24 posted on 08/12/2009 4:35:44 PM PDT by rigelkentaurus
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To: wagglebee; Americanwolf
I want to hear Rodney Dangerfield's opinion on Quebec and euthanasia.

(Note to Quebecois: "euthanasia" does not refer to the youth in Asia.)

25 posted on 08/12/2009 4:38:21 PM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: wagglebee

I wonder how long the waiting list would be?


26 posted on 08/12/2009 4:42:49 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: wagglebee

I’m sure the rest of Canada would like to see that as well, just for the Québécois.


27 posted on 08/12/2009 4:43:39 PM PDT by mikey_hates_everything
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To: wagglebee

Euthanasia is usually only desired for someone else.


28 posted on 08/12/2009 4:45:13 PM PDT by Blackhawk (God said it, I believe it, That settles it.)
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29 posted on 08/12/2009 4:45:26 PM PDT by fanfan (Why did they bury Barry's past?)
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To: devane617
I suspect the numbers are that close here in the USA.

Not a chance.

30 posted on 08/12/2009 4:51:01 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century. I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: wagglebee

When Catholic countries go secular, they do it with born-again zeal.


31 posted on 08/12/2009 4:51:40 PM PDT by madprof98 ("moritur et ridet" - salvianus)
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To: wagglebee
This turns la revanche de la crèche on its head.
32 posted on 08/12/2009 5:01:04 PM PDT by Clive
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To: wagglebee

So, are they saying that if the 3 out of 4 got their wish...Quebec would be a better place?


33 posted on 08/12/2009 5:02:05 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (RATs...nothing more than Bald Haired Hippies!)
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To: wagglebee

I’m also completely in favor of 3 out of 4 Quebecers being euthanized.

Can we bring it to a vote now?

Militant


34 posted on 08/12/2009 5:28:44 PM PDT by militant2 (I may not agree with everything you say, but......hell, I don't agree with anything you say!)
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To: buccaneer81

“I suspect the numbers are that close here in the USA.
Not a chance.”

No, it’s true......see my post #34!

Militant


35 posted on 08/12/2009 5:30:24 PM PDT by militant2 (I may not agree with everything you say, but......hell, I don't agree with anything you say!)
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To: buccaneer81

“I suspect the numbers are that close here in the USA.
Not a chance.”

No, it’s true......see my post #34!

Militant


36 posted on 08/12/2009 5:30:41 PM PDT by militant2 (I may not agree with everything you say, but......hell, I don't agree with anything you say!)
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To: militant2

And don’t make me say it again!!

Militant


37 posted on 08/12/2009 5:31:41 PM PDT by militant2 (I may not agree with everything you say, but......hell, I don't agree with anything you say!)
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To: militant2

LOL! Now THAT I agree with!


38 posted on 08/12/2009 5:50:32 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century. I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: gipper81

“In Hockey News, 3 Out Of 4 Quebecers Want the Montreal Canadiens euthanized”

Oh sure, pick a year in which Les Habs are out in the first round!

Besides, it was only the coach they wanted euthanized.


39 posted on 08/12/2009 7:15:10 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism.)
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To: fanfan; All
I will never forget something I read in the WSJ 10 or 15 years ago-- they said

"In Holland and Belgium, the very old, and the very sick, fear being made to go to the hospital...

...because they are afraid of being euthanized against their will..."

I have little problem with the person who is actually hopelessly sick, wanting to die. Been there, done that.

Under normal circumstances, I'd be willing to trust that judgment to a spouse, or sibling, or parent, or even a child or close friend.

What worries me, and truly scares me, is institutionalizing it, and coding it in to law- because the cost-cutters and other jackals will seize control, and people who don't want to die, will.

40 posted on 08/13/2009 1:30:29 AM PDT by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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To: fanfan

Quebec is the festering sore on your nation. They really should have been sent packing when they wanted to make an independence claim. Then maybe the rest of Canada could have joined your countrymen to the south.


41 posted on 08/13/2009 5:44:26 AM PDT by GulfBreeze (Palin 2012 - For The Change You Wanted!!!)
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To: GeronL

I think I would rather have that decision myself rather than someone ELSE. I don’t want to be some drooling vegetable on a torture rack for 15 years. If others want that, so be it. I sure as hell don’t.


42 posted on 01/22/2010 11:54:22 AM PST by Soothesayer9
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