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Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians opposes the Quebec Dying with Dignity report’s call to legalize euthanasia

by | Apr 28, 2012

By Alex Schadenberg, executive director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

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The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians (CSPCP) have a adopted a position statement on the Quebec Dying with Dignity report. There position is based on the results from the survey of the members and the need to clarify the issues from the report.

The CSPCP is urging the Quebec government to implement palliative care recommendations in the Quebec Dying with Dignity report and to reject the recommendations related to the legalization of euthanasia in Quebec.

The CSPCP examines the controversy that the Quebec Dying with Dignity committee creates by its support for euthanasia. The CSPCP stated:

“By blending palliative care with euthanasia, the Quebec report runs counter to a fundamental tenet of CSPCP and most practitioners of Palliative Medicine. According to the CSPCP position statement ‘Palliative Medicine does not include the practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide… the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians strongly opposes the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide at this time, and most CSPCP members will not participate in euthanasia or assisted suicide.’”

Canadian law currently prohibits euthanasia, making it an offense to counsel or assist someone to commit suicide, or to agree to be put to death. This was upheld late last year by the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee, supporting the CSPCP belief that hastened death is not a part of Palliative Medicine.

Said CSPCP President Ingrid DeKock, “We are concerned that, despite the fact that our members are unwilling to provide these services, this may be mandated if it becomes law in Quebec… The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians will continue to advocate for universal access to good palliative care all across Canada.”

The CSPCP position statement is found at http://www.cspcp.ca/english/Euthanasia%20pos%20state-FINAL4.pdf

Editor’s note. This appeared at http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2012/04/canadian-society-of-palliative-care_26.html

 

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