North Bay Ontario Hospice is being pressured to do euthanasia

Friday, January 31, 2020
North Bay Ontario Hospice is being pressured to do euthanasia

by Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

For the past several months the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has been writing about the plight of the Delta Hospice Society. The British Columbia Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, ordered the Delta Hospice to do euthanasia or lose government funding.
Sign the petition: Hospice Organizations Must NOT be Forced to do Euthanasia (Link).

A similar situation exists in North Bay Ontario where the Nipissing Serenity Hospice is being pressured by four local euthanasia doctors to allow lethal injections on the premises. The Hospice, which only opened its doors on January 11 does not permit euthanasia on its premises.

According to the North Bay Nugget:
“The four medical providers of MAiD say they “absolutely disagree” with the hospice’s position that MAiD “is not one of the tools in the palliative care basket.

Doctors Renee Gauthier, Mike Leckie, Paul Preston and John Seguin say in the letter MAiD “is, in fact, a tool, a very special, humane tool that thousands of Canadians have accessed and the Canadian government, under law, has permitted.”

The latest data indicates that there have been 4318 assisted deaths in Ontario (June 17, 2016 – December 31, 2019) with 95 assisted deaths reported in the Nipissing region.

Vivian Papaiz
Vivian Papaiz, chair of the Nipissing Serenity Hospice, told the North Bay Nuggett that the Hospice has discussed the issue but supports the position of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians.

The North Bay Nuggett reported:
        In a joint statement, the CHPC and the CSPCP say MAiD and palliative care “substantially differ in multiple areas, including in philosophy, intention and approach.

       Hospice palliative care focuses on improving quality of life and symptom management through holistic person-centred care for those living with life-threatening conditions. It sees dying as a normal part of life and helps people to live and die well.

Hospice palliative care does not seek to hasten death or intentionally end life.”

Hospice organizations should not be coerced into providing euthanasia. Hospice and palliative care are different than MAiD and coercing hospice organizations to do euthanasia, changes hospice.

Used with permission of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

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Funding pro-abortion organizations

Pro-abortion Planned Parenthood Toronto received $11,448,591 from governments

by Patricia Maloney 

From : Run with Life blog February 1, 2020

Remember how the pro-abortion had their knickers in a twist about pro-life groups receiving $1.8 million from the Canada Summer Jobs Program? Well Planned Parenthood Toronto received over $11 million from governments. ($11,448,591 to be exact). That’s one organization compared to 56 organizations.

Can you say ‘Discrimination much’?

And look at what compensations are like for Planned Parenthood Toronto. Almost $3 million in one year. With the top employee earning between $120,000 to $159,999. Compare that to say, the top gun at Toronto Right to Life who makes $39,999. And receives no government funding.

What more can I say?

PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF TORONTO Reporting period ending: 2019-03-31

RIGHT TO LIFE ASSOCIATION OF TORONTO AND AREA Reporting period ending: 2019-03-31

Patricia Maloney blogs at Run with Life. You’ll find this article at:


From Action Life: Action Life does not receive or apply for government funding at any level including the Canada Summer Jobs Program. Other pro-life groups have made use of the Canada Summer Jobs Program Grants in the past but are now denied funding because of a change in federal government policy introduced in 2017. 



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Life before birth is amazing

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Delta Hospice Society

Adrian Dix, Minister of Health for the province of British Columbia is demanding that the Irene Thomas Hospice permit euthanasia (MAID) on site or he suggests it might incur a loss of government funding. This particular hospice is operated by the Delta Hospice Society. It was given a deadline of February 3rd to change its policy. The Hospice Society says that euthanasia is not compatible with its purpose and values.

Dr. Leonie Herx, President of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians wrote a letter to the Minister of Health expressing concerns that some hospices under Fraser Health “might be mandated to provide Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID)” on their premises.  Such a requirement  “poses risk for potential harm” she writes.

“One of the biggest potential harms is to those who do not choose MAID (more than 98% of those who die as only about 1.5% choose Maid). Both the public and many health care providers have had a longstanding fear of Hospice Palliative Care because they were afraid it hastened peoples’ deaths. This has lead to late referrals and people choosing to not be referred to palliative care services that could have benefited them. For over 40 years we have ben trying to educate the public and health care professionals that Hospice Palliative Care neither hastens nor prolongs the natural process of dying.”

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Action Life believes that no hospice or palliative care centre should be forced to provide euthanasia (MAID) on its premises. Many Canadians want end of life care in euthanasia free zones.

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Belgian trial is unveiling dark back story to euthanasia death of Tine Nys

This article was published by Bioedge on January 26, 2020.

By Michael Cook

The three doctors on trial /Belga

The criminal trial of three Belgian doctors for assisting in an allegedly illegal euthanasia of a woman in 2010 is under way. It is the first time that doctors have been charged with an unlawful death since the legalisation of euthanasia in 2002. The accused have been named in the media: the doctor who administered the lethal injection, Joris van Hove; the general practitioner, Frank de Greef; and the psychiatrist, Godelieve Thienpont.

Tine Nys (center) with her sisters.

The parents and two sisters of Tine Nys have succeeded, after nine years of harassing the bureaucracy, in having charges laid. The prosecution alleges that the defendants did not follow the prescribed guidelines for euthanasia in Belgium. Tine was 38 when she died, surrounded by her family, in 2010. The doctors aver that she was suffering from a “serious and incurable disorder”. In her case, it was said to be unbearable psychological suffering.

The life of Tine Nys grew sadder with the testimony of each witness. She had been estranged from her family for years. She experienced violence in her relationships, she had an abortion, she had worked as a prostitute. “Everything in her life was a failure,” said Dr Thienpont, who diagnosed her as autistic not long before the death. 

The main lawyer for the parents and two sisters of Tine was forced to step down over a bizarre conflict of interest.  The head of Belgium’s euthanasia evaluation commission, Wim Distelmans, revealed that Fernand Keuleneer had been a non-voting member of the commission when her case was approved.  He has been replaced by Joris Van Cauter.

How the doctors broke the Belgian euthanasia law became clearer. Tine had asked Dr de Greef for a letter authorising euthanasia, but he refused. So she went to LEIF, a euthanasia agency, and found Dr van Hove. Dr van Hove dropped by Dr de Greef on the evening of April 27, 2010 at 8pm and asked him to sign a paper. Apparently de Greef misunderstood,  because he recalled being aghast when he learned that Tine had been euthanised.

This occasioned two breaches of the conditions which shield doctors from prosecution for murder. First, Dr van Hove falsely listed Dr de Greef as the first doctor confirming that Tine was eligible for euthanasia. Second, the paperwork arrived at the euthanasia commission nearly four weeks late.

This worries euthanasia doctors. One told the Belgian newspaper De Morgen, “As a doctor, will you still run the risk of performing euthanasia if you know that with that you run the risk of being prosecuted for premeditated murder? Just because your euthanasia certificate did not arrive at the committee within four days?”

Dr Joris van Hove’s seedy background was highlighted in the media coverage. He has been in court before for various offenses, including drink driving and forgery. In 2017 he was convicted of sex offences with young male patients. 

However, Dr. van Hove told the court that the euthanasia procedure had been carried out within the law. He protested that the very fact that the case had reached the stage of prosecution was a victory for the “hidden agenda” of the Catholic Church.

He admitted that he had never done a euthanasia for psychological suffering before and that he had been clumsy. He had not completed his “end of life” training and he failed to administer the lethal injection properly. He did not have a stand for the infusion and the bag plopped onto Tine’s face as she was saying goodbye to her family. 

The general practitioner, Dr Frank de Greef, painted himself as the victim of a charming but manipulative young woman and her angry relatives. When she was diagnosed as autistic by Dr Thienpont, he was thunderstruck. “When I saw that diagnosis, I thought: What kind of stupid person have I been? Look at its history, everything could be explained by that autism. Tine was engaging and intellectual, but also manipulative and looking for conflict.”

The trial continues.

Michael Cook is editor of BioEdge: bioethics news from around the world.

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Yes, we know when human life begins

It’s incredible that today some claim not to know when human life begins. We have known for a very long time.

The answer to the question of when human life begins is not a religious or philosophical matter but a scientific one. Science tells us that every human life begins at fertilization (conception).
The answer is found in manuals of embryology. Here are a few examples:

1- “The development of a human being begins with fertilization, a process by which two highly specialized cells, the spermatozoon from the male and the oocyte from the female, unite to give rise to a new organism, the zygote.”
[Langman, Jan. Medical Embryology. 3rd edition. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, 1975, p.3]

2- “Human development begins after the union of male and female gametes or germ cells during a process known as fertilization (conception)…This fertilized ovum, known as a zygote, is large diploid cell that is the beginning, or primordium, of a human being.”
[Moore, Keith L. Essentials of Human Embryology. Toronto: B.C. Decker Inc., 1988,p.2]

3-“…At the moment the sperm cell of the human male meets the ovum of the female and the union results in a fertilized ovum (zygote), a new life has begun…
[Considine, Douglas (ed.). Van Nostrand’s Scientific Encyclopedia. 5th edition. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company, 1976, p.943]

4- “…The time of fertilization represents the starting point in the life history, or ontogeny, of the individual.”
[Carlson, Bruce M. Patten’s Foundations of Embryology. 6th edition. New York: McGraw, 1996,p.3]

5-“Development begins at fertilization when a sperm fuses with an ovum to from a zygote; this cell is the beginning of a new human being.”
[Moore, Keith L. The Developing Human : Clinically Oriented Embryology. W. B. Saunders, 1974, p.12]

From medical experts:

6-“I have learned from my earliest medical education that human life begins at the time of conception…human life is present throughout this entire sequence from conception to adulthood…any interruption at any point throughout this time constitutes a termination of human life.”
[Dr. Alfred M. Bongiovanni, then professor of obstetrics at the University of Pennsylvania]

7- “It is scientifically correct to say that an individual human life begins at conception.”
[Harvard University Medical School Professor Micheline Matthews-Roth]


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Take a Hike for Life this April

Please join us on Saturday, April 18th, 2020 to take small steps in support of life and to raise much needed funds for Action Life Ottawa. Remember to save the date!


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Euthanasia statistics for Ontario shows an increase in numbers

The Office of the Chief Coroner/Ontario Forensic Pathology Service released its data on euthanasia (MAID) services in the province. At the end of December 2019, Ontario had 4,318 completed euthanasia deaths. This statistic is for the period beginning June 17, 2016 and ending December 31,2019. Of these, 4,317 were clinician administered meaning that a physician or nurse practitioner delivered the lethal injection. There was only one case of self-administration where the patient is provided with a lethal dose of drugs and ingests the lethal cocktail.

47% of euthanasia deaths occurred in hospital while 43% were done in a private residence setting. The remainder were done either in a retirement home/seniors residence or in a long term care facility or nursing home.

Cases were evenly divided between men and women: 50% men, 50% women.

Underlying conditions reported as reason for euthanasia:

Cancer- related:63%

Neurodegenerative: 11%

Circulatory/Respiratory: 17%

Other: 9%.

In 36 cases, the euthanasia death was followed by organ donation.

The data show that for Ottawa, there were 372 cases of euthanasia (MAID).

Keep in mind, when you hear the words MAID or medical assistance in dying, it means euthanasia. 

Canadians need quality palliative care not euthanasia.

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Hospice offers to forego $750,00.00 in funding rather than allow euthanasia on its premises

The Fraser Health Authority has ordered the Irene Thomas Hospice in Delta, British Columbia to allow euthanasia (MAID) on site or risk losing funding. The hospice has been given a deadline of February 3rd. The Centre’s philosophy of care for patients does not include euthanasia.  The centre offers a ten bed facility for those seeking palliative care. As the Canadian Palliative Care Association and the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians said in a joint statement in November: “National and international hospice palliative care organizations are unified in the position that MAID is not part of the practice of hospice palliative care.”

Angelina Ireland, president of the Delta Hospice Society said in a open letter: “Helping and supporting patients to live fully and comfortably in their last days and giving support to them and their families is what our patients and families come to us for and expect and it is certainly what our staff are dedicated to providing. Taking steps to end a patient’s life is not providing care and support so that they may live fully.”

The hospice is now offering to forego $750,000.00 in public funding. It explains: “By forfeiting the government funding, the hospice would be under the 50% threshold set by the government and therefore exempt from providing MAID.”

As for charges by euthanasia advocates that the hospice is denying access to euthanasia (MAID), Ireland points out that the service is available at other centres including at a facility next door.

She mentions  that: “The issue is not accessibility. It seems a purely agenda-driven demand that runs roughshod over both Delta Hospice Society’s desire to live up to its legal requirement under our Charter, as well as ignoring the reality that we are dealing with patients and families in a very vulnerable and delicate condition.”

The B.C government should stop pressuring this hospice and let it offer the life affirming care that it was set up to provide. Many patients are looking for care in a euthanasia (MAID)free zone.


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Unethical Study Manufactures Results

Unethical Study Manufactures Results
December 12, 2019

by Bradley Mattes 

The chemical abortion pill is growing in use and may soon outpace surgical abortion. This evolving trend demonstrates why the Abortion Pill Reversal network of medical professionals is vital to saving babies and protecting their mothers.

A so-called study was underway to examine the effectiveness of progesterone to reverse a chemical abortion when a mother changed her mind. However, critics say its unspoken goal was to actually undermine the progesterone protocol. But the process backfired and further underscored the need for added protections for women subjected to chemical abortion.

The study’s credibility was suspect from the start and many expected its conclusion would result in a preconceived notion that abortion pill reversal is “junk science.” Consider the bias of its authors. All five are dedicated pro-abortion advocates. Mitchell D. Creinin, is an abortionist and paid consultant with Danco Laboratories which manufactures mifepristone, the chemical abortion pill. Laura Dalton is an employee of Planned Parenthood of Arizona. Collectively, Planned Parenthood is the largest chain of abortion facilities in America and the most aggressive lobbyist for extreme pro-abortion laws on both the federal and state level. Melody Y. Hou, Rachel Steward, and Melissa J. Chen have all been or are currently abortionists.

The study’s goal was to enroll 40 pregnant women who had previously decided to have a surgical abortion. After consenting to a chemical abortion and receiving the mifepristone, the women were selected randomly to be given progesterone to attempt reversing the chemical abortion or a placebo. Those whose babies were still alive after two weeks were promised a surgical abortion.

The purpose of this ethically bankrupt research was to determine if a drug effectively saves the lives of babies, and if so, they guarantee mothers a dead child in the end.
After 12 women had been enrolled, researchers abruptly ended the study because of serious health concerns for those participating. Three women experienced “severe hemorrhage requiring ambulance transport to hospital.” One lost enough blood to require a transfusion.

A critical distinction that most media outlets have not made or highlighted is that two of the three women who experienced medical emergencies were given the placebo – that is, the only active drug they received and were suffering from was the mifepristone chemical abortion drug. One had been given progesterone. The potential of lethal blood loss has been an ever-present concern with chemical abortion. The study’s hasty demise underscores the need for the FDA to more closely scrutinize Danco’s death drug.

Knowing the vested interest of the authors in the abortion industry, it didn’t take rocket science to predict how they would spin the termination of their research. “Patients” they wrote, “should be advised that not using misoprostol [the follow-up drug] could result in severe hemorrhage, even with progesterone treatment.” The truth has been twisted to such a degree it more resembles a pretzel than a research finding.

The authors further denigrate the progesterone protocol by warning women that due to the “potential dangers” of changing their minds midway through the chemical abortion process, the progesterone protocol “must be considered experimental.” Further, they stated it should be done “only in institutional review board-approved human clinical trials to ensure proper oversight.” In other words, these abortionists and abortion advocates are saying, “We got this! You can trust us.”

Those behind the Abortion Pill Reversal network report 68% of the babies have been saved with the most effective progesterone protocol. Becky Buell and Cynthia Galvan were early beneficiaries. These two mothers have living, breathing children they adore because caring pro-life medical professionals were there to assist. Their numbers are growing and cannot be ignored.
Sincerely for babies and their mothers,
Bradley Mattes
President, Life Issues Institute
Life Issues Institute is dedicated to changing hearts and minds of millions of people through education. For 27 years, organizations and individuals around the world have depended upon Life Issues Institute to provide the latest information and effective tools to protect innocent human life from womb to tomb.

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