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Legalizing assisted suicide a recipe for elder abuse, say protesters
The Province ^ | 11/14/11 | Sean Sullivan

Posted on 11/15/2011 4:26:04 PM PST by wagglebee

Protesters opposed to changes in Canada’s suicide law gathered in front of the Vancouver Law Courts Monday morning, warning that legalizing assisted suicide would open the floodgates for elder abuse.

A court challenge launched in B.C. Supreme Court has the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and Gloria Taylor, a 63-year-old woman suffering from ALS, challenging Canada’s laws that forbid doctor-assisted suicide for the terminally ill.

Opponents, however, argue that physician-assisted suicides will see the medical system steer patients toward suicide and allow greedy children intent on inheriting their parents wealth will force them into choosing death.

“In the messy real world that I work in as a family physician, I have no illusions but that improper inducement to end their lives prematurely would be given to a lot of the elderly,” Dr. Will Johnston said.

“We need a strong law that prevents people urging or facilitating others to commit suicide.”

Speaking in his experience as a doctor who provides capability assessments on “frail, elderly people,” Johnston said it’s typical to see victims who have been induced to do things that are completely against their self-interest. Gutting the law against assisted suicide will do more harm than good, he said.

“Sadly, children are the worst abusers of the elderly. We have a national problem with suicide and a natural problem with elder abuse.

“And here we have a case that would undercut our efforts to constrain both of those problems.”

About 70 people, holding signs with messages such as “Assisted suicide a recipe for elder abuse,” braved the brisk, fall wind to stand on the steps of the Law Courts Monday.

Among them was John Coppard, 45, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme, in 2009. A new medication helped him recover, though he said that at his “lowest points,” he may have chosen assisted suicide had it been offered to him.

“I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the law that disallowed assisted suicide,” Coppard said. “The illnesses people are talking about inside (the court) are not death sentences any more.

“People (diagnosed with a terminal illness) can live for decades,” he said.


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: assistedsuicide; elderabuse; moralabsolutes; prolife
“I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the law that disallowed assisted suicide,” Coppard said. “The illnesses people are talking about inside (the court) are not death sentences any more.

“People (diagnosed with a terminal illness) can live for decades,” he said.

Hopefully more brave people like him will come forward.

1 posted on 11/15/2011 4:26:05 PM PST by wagglebee
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2 posted on 11/15/2011 4:26:54 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 11/15/2011 4:27:34 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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4 posted on 11/15/2011 4:28:13 PM PST by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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When the euthanasia team comes for me, I’ll be sitting in my favorite chair holding my favorite high caliber weapon with a magazine sufficient to euthanase the entire euthanasia team.


5 posted on 11/15/2011 4:35:00 PM PST by davisfh
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pro life bump!


6 posted on 11/15/2011 4:38:32 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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Of all the dumb liberal ideas, this has to be the dumbest. But then again, all liberal ideas are dumb.


7 posted on 11/15/2011 4:41:56 PM PST by Phlap (REDNECK@LIBARTS.EDU)
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***and allow greedy children intent on inheriting their parents wealth will force them into choosing death.****

Years ago I saw a BRUTAL cartoon by Stayskill on this subject.

A man and woman, with evil looks on their faces, are dropping a black pill into a glass of water.

The woman is holding a newspaper that says..”Congress Legalizes Euthanasia”.

An old woman, his mother, in her bed says...”I should have aborted you like I did your brother!”


8 posted on 11/15/2011 4:49:28 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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Great!!!


9 posted on 11/15/2011 5:46:22 PM PST by jesseam
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Opponents, however, argue that physician-assisted suicides will see the medical system steer patients toward suicide and allow greedy children intent on inheriting their parents wealth will force them into choosing death.


Greed and selfishness guides the killing of children - abortion - in Canada and the US. Why would not this generation add old people for the same rationalizations? In a humanist (Marxist) culture, you remove intangible treasures and measure a human’s value of life in dollars and cents.


10 posted on 11/15/2011 6:15:49 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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