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Father of 27-year-old autistic woman appeals court ruling in euthanasia decision

by | Apr 8, 2024

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

On April 2, 2024, Kevin Martin reported for the Calgary Herald that the father of the 27-year-old Autistic woman appealed the decision to the Alberta Court of Appeal. Martin reported:

The judicial ruling that lifted an injunction blocking the assisted suicide of a Calgary woman has been appealed by her father.

Lawyers Sarah Miller and Emily Amirkhari filed two separate notices in the Alberta Court of Appeal on Tuesday appealing rulings by Justice Colin Feasby of applications made by their client, who can only be identified by the initials W.V.

Justice Feasby ruled, on March 25, that the temporary injunction preventing M.V. (daughter) from dying by euthanasia was to be lifted. The lawyers for W.V. (father) filed two appeals. The first appeal is based on an alleged error in law by Justice Feasby based on the unwillingness of the daughter to answer questions in court. The second appeal is asking the Alberta Court of Appeal to maintain the temporary injunction while the court proceedings take place.

Martin reported:

The father wants to know how his daughter, who has autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), qualifies for the life-ending procedure, which has been approved by two doctors.

Among the errors the lawyers say Feasby made in his ruling was finding the father does not have a private interest to seek a judicial review.

“The pain of losing a child, even an adult child, is not something that any parent should experience,” Feasby said in his written decision.

“(The parents) have devoted their lives to raising M.V. from birth and have continued to support her since she has come of age.

“They will understandably be devastated by her death,” he said.

Canada’s euthanasia law was not designed to protect vulnerable people. The law is designed to protect the doctors who are willing to kill.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition will seek to intervene in the appeal.

Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and reposted with permission.

Categories: Euthanasia