The Carter Decision

On Friday February 6, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada struck down the law prohibiting assisted suicide in Canada.

We are looking for stories, either video or print, to share in the B.C. Catholic and online as a way to inform and educate others on this important issue!  If you have any stories that you are willing to share, please email us at communications@rcav.org.

Below is an account written by Dr. John Yun, a Richmond, B.C., oncologist, who worries about what assisted suicide will mean to the doctor-patient relationship.

When I met her for the first time a year ago, she said she wanted to end her life because she didn’t want to suffer or be a burden to her family.  Her daughter was missing work and needed a great deal of help looking after her mother, but she was happy to do it out of duty and love.  She felt saddened whenever her mother raised the issue of euthanasia.”  Read more.

Additional Statements

Carter vs Canada

Summary of the case by the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada can be found here.

Videos

  • Death and Dignity – an inspirational message from a wife and a mother of four, living with advanced incurable kidney cancer.
  • Assisted Suicide: One Women’s Decision to Die – a video account of Jeanette Hall, an Oregon resident who almost died as a result of her state’s assisted-suicide law.  Her story is a powerful warning about what Canada faces when assisted suicide is ultimately legislated in this country.
  • The Gift: Living Fully – Dying Naturally – Produced by the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada (CMDS Canada) to raise awareness of the perils of Physician-assisted and euthanasia in Canada.
  • Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition explains what Euthanasia is and what it is not at a Euthanasia Seminar hosted by the Life, Marriage and Family Office.
  • Dr. Will Johnston of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition describes what’s wrong with the Supreme Court of Canada assisted suicide decision, and why Canadians should demand the notwithstanding clause.
  • Advokatevideo – The Truth About “Medically Assisted Dying” – Published on Oct 22, 2014
  • This video explores reasons why Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide are ethically problematic. Margaret Somerville gave this presentation at the Abbotsford Right to Life annual fundraising banquet on October 16, 2014.
  • An open letter to Brittany Maynard from Maggie Karner
  • Salt and Light TV – Turning the Tide – Through the lives of 5 individuals, this production explores how the legalisation of Euthanasia would affect society, in particular those who are most vulnerable: the disabled, the elderly and those who are chronically ill. Done in association with the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, this powerful documentary looks at the concepts of compassion, dignity, quality of life, personal autonomy and choice, and explores how the law works in shaping a society.
  • Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide FAQ – This video answers the question: ““In a society where we place high value on freedom and individual choice, why don’t we allow people to choose the time and manner of their death?”

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