Tag Archives: Canada

TheStar.com: Disability Rights Groups Especially Sensitive to Dangers of Assisted Suicide

Elderly holding hands

Source: thestar.com

By Dow Marmur

Two years ago, when assisted suicide legislation had been again on the agenda in Canada, I wrote on this page: “My faith teaches that life is God’s gift and, therefore, sacred. For humans to take it away in murder or suicide is criminal and sinful. Despite its claim to compassion, assisted suicide may be of that ilk.”

In view of the current debate around Bill C-14 I’d like to reaffirm my advocacy for effective palliative care in place of one or other version of the bill. I wrote then that “my faith also teaches that as God’s creatures we’re obligated to lighten the burden of others and do our utmost to relieve them of suffering. Palliative care for the terminally ill is of that ilk.”

I’m not alone in this among my colleagues. Statements by two Canadian rabbis as reported in the Canadian Jewish News (CJN) reflect a similar view.

Read more ...

Instead of Assisted Suicide, Let’s Help the Vulnerable

Montreal Gazette

Source: Montreal Gazette

By: Asher Jacobson

A flora of terminology is being used to convince the public that assisted suicide is indeed a righteous act, with fancy and empathetic phrases, such as death with dignity and compassionate death. What we don’t seem to realize are the terrible ramifications that this law will have on our society as a whole — and the way we treat the most vulnerable among us.

In my 20 years of comforting the ill, I have learned that when a patient says something as severe as “I want to die,” they don’t always mean it literally: It just rips them apart knowing that they have become a burden to their family and society.

Read more ...