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Dutch Doctor cleared of charge after euthanizing patient with dementia without consent


In 2016, a Dutch physician euthanized a patient with dementia in spite of the 74 year old female patient physically resisting the lethal injection.

The elderly woman was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease four years prior to her death. She had stipulated in an advance directive that she wished to die by euthanasia at a time of her choosing. 

The patient did not give her consent to euthanasia on that fateful day. She was not asked if she wanted to die. The doctor first put a sedative in the patient’s coffee without the patient’s knowledge. When the doctor proceeded with the lethal injection, the patient began fighting off the doctor. The daughter and son in law of the elderly woman restrained her so the doctor could complete the injection.

The family agreed with the doctor’s decision. Obviously, this was not autonomy or choice. Force was used to enable the physician to euthanize the patient.

The physician was charged and the case went to a district court in the Hague. In her decision, Judge Mariette Renckens said according to The Guardian: “We believe that given the deeply demented condition of the patient, the doctor did not need to verify her wish for euthanasia.”

The prosecution’s case rested on the fact that the doctor had not sought the patient’s consent, a necessary step to ensure that the patient is requesting and wants to die by euthanasia. The prosecution contended that absence of consent was a violation of the Netherlands euthanasia law.

The court’s decision means that if a patient loses capacity, the advance directive is what matters. A patient may be happy in his condition and no longer expressing a desire for euthanasia but power is now transferred to doctor and family who decide that death is in the patient’s best interest. As we ‘ve always said safeguards do not protect patients from involuntary euthanasia.

Bioedge related: “In a detailed study of the case in the Journal of Medical Ethics, it was reported that “She regularly told her caregivers that she wanted to die. But when she was asked whether she wanted to die, several times she answered, ‘But not just now, it’s not so bad yet.”

Euthanasia was committed on the 74 year old woman seven weeks after she was moved to a nursing home.

The female physician has since retired.

Wesley J. Smith wrote in the National Review about the case commenting:

“There was never any chance the doctor would lose her license or do any jail time for the homicide, and indeed, the Dutch prosecutor said as much publicly. You see, the point in cases such as this in the Netherlands is not to punish wrongdoing, but rather, to set precedents for death doctors to follow going forward. Indeed, this is why supposedly restrictive guidelines don’t restrict much of anything. It’s all a big fat fraud.

Once a society accepts the culturally cancerous premise that suffering justifies killing, the issue of actual consent becomes increasingly less important. Indeed, once one is consigned to the killable caste, there are almost no protections at all — as the court’s approval of the homicide by doctor of an incompetent woman struggling against being put down clearly demonstrates.

Those with eyes to see, let them see.”

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Mark Zuckerberg Admits Facebook Censored Pro-Life Group, But Refuses to Apologize


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted Thursday that his social media company “clearly was bias” against the pro-life group Live Action and its founder Lila Rose, U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley said.

Hawley held a closed-door meeting with Zuckerberg in Washington, D.C. to discuss growing concerns about the supposedly neutral online media giant’s pro-abortion political bias.

Read more at: https://www.lifenews.com/2019/09/22/mark-zuckerberg-admits-facebook-censored-pro-life-group-but-refuses-to-apologize/

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Cherish Life – Provincial conference for educational pro-life groups

Anyone interested in life issues is welcome to attend this conference in Guelph.

Speakers will address the topics of abortion, euthanasia and respecting the right to life of persons with disabilities.

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Canada Health Act does not require provinces to pay for abortion

The Canada Health Act is silent on abortion. Nowhere is it mentioned in this Act that provinces must pay for abortion services. It says only that “medically necessary” services must be funded. The Canada Health Act does not list which services must be paid for by provincial health insurance plans. Provinces may determine which health services will receive public funding.

For example, the Liberal government of Dalton Mc Guinty decided in 2004 to delist optometry exams, physiotherapy and chiropractic services. This meant that these services would no longer be paid by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP).  

Abortion is an elective procedure. For years, abortion advocates have spoken of abortion as a matter of choice, a choice they believe a woman has the right to make and one paid for by the taxpayer.

Canadian Physicians for Life wrote in 2001 that:

“The Canada Health Act states that provincial health insurance plans must cover “insured health services” which include “hospital services”. These hospital services are defined in Section 2 of the Act as services which are “medically necessary for the purpose of maintaining health, preventing disease, or diagnosing an injury, illness or disease.”

“Abortion is not an essential medical service. It is designated “medically necessary” for purely social and political, not medical, reasons. Pregnancy is not an “injury, illness or disease,” There is no proof that abortion improves health. In fact it disrupts a normal physiological process, poses a risk to the mother, and ends the life of her developing child. There is no “medical necessity” where no medical benefit or health risks exists.”

“The Canada Health Act (CHA) does not require that elective procedures be funded…To justify funding of a service, the medical necessity and therapeutic value of that service should be undisputed.”




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Québec Superior Court Euthanasia Decision Ignores Disability Discrimination, Follows Medical Model



Media Release

Thursday, September 12, 2019

The recent decision of the Quebec Superior Court in the Truchon/Gladu case blatantly disregards the effect of disability discrimination in shaping the quality of life of the plaintiffs, said Amy Hasbrouck, director of Toujours Vivant-Not Dead Yet, a project of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. “The judge’s description of the plaintiff’s situation invoked pity, but ignored the role of discriminatory public policy in depriving M. Truchon and Mme. Gladu of choice in where and how they live.” “The court erroneously blames M. Truchon’s lack of independence on his disability. But the fact is that he could live independently but for policies that favour institutional care over consumer-directed community-based services.” Hasbrouck also pointed to the court’s confidence in the ability of physicians to assess not just medical eligibility, but also decision-making capacity and the presence of social or economic pressure that might influence the MAiD request.

She says this reliance on the “medical model” of disability, which sites the “problem” of disability with the individual while ignoring society’s responsibility to accommodate the full range of humanity, is a setback for the disability rights movement.

Dr. Heidi Janz, Chair of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities Ending-of-Life Ethics Committee, concurred with Hasbrouck’s assessment. “This decision at once mirrors and amplifies the persistent and growing ableism that we see in Canadian society in general, and in the medical profession in particular.” Janz explains that studies consistently show that physicians routinely equate the presence of disability with a low quality of life. “Thus, as we’ve seen in this case, it is the disability itself, rather than the lack of supports which would enable people with disabilities to live independently and flourish, that is considered a fate worse than death.”

The decision of the court was rendered in the case of two people with life-long disabilities who challenged eligibility criteria in the Québec and federal MAiD laws requiring the person to be at the “end of life” (Québec) or that their natural death be “reasonably foreseeable” (federal). Jean Truchon and Nicole Gladu had been deemed ineligible for euthanasia In Québec because they were not at the “end of life” nor were their deaths “reasonably foreseeable.” The Superior Court decision was released on September 11, and found the challenged eligibility criteria unconstitutional. The court suspended its judgment for six months to give Parliament and Québec’s National Assembly time to modify the statutes, but allowed an exception to permit M. Truchon and Mme. Gladu to be euthanized. The court failed to question why pain management techniques were ineffective for the plaintiffs, nor the fact that palliative care is often unavailable or inadequate.

The Court applies the “presumption of competence” to the plaintiffs’ request for euthanasia, whereas in general, the wish to die expressed by a non-disabled person is proof of suicidality, if not incompetence. TVNDY believes this is a discriminatory double standard that limits access to suicide prevention services for people with disabilities. The court distinguishes the plaintiffs by their physical limitations, poorly-managed pain, and their dependance. Though all of these factors are directly related to disability, they are caused by inadequate medical care, discriminatory social policies, and negative views of disability.

Toujours Vivant-Not Dead Yet is a project of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities that focuses on ending-of-life issues. -30- Contact: Amy Hasbrouck 450-921-3057 tigrlily61@gmail.com 

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Abortion is not medically necessary

Abortion advocates often make the claim that abortion is sometimes medically necessary to save the life or health of the mother.

In this excellent video by Live Action, Dr. Kendra Kolb, a neonatologist, provides an excellent response to this false argument.


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Canadian Health care system pays for patient’s euthanasia but not for 24 hour home care

On August 7, 2019, Sean Tagert of Powell River, British Columbia died by euthanasia at home, a choice he made after being denied funding for the round the clock in-home care he was seeking for his ALS. He was offered initially 15.5 hours of home care by Vancouver Coastal Health. In September 2018, the funding was increased to cover 20 hours a day. This was not sufficient as he required 24 hour care.

He was given the option of  receiving 24 hour care at the George Pearson Centre in Vancouver, an option Mr. Tagert rejected as this would have meant not seeing his 11 year old son who resides in Powell River. At the time, Mr. Tagert indicated that $263.50 per day was required to provide the extra four hours of care at home, something he could not afford.

He was diagnosed with ALS in 2013. Mr. Tagert told CBC News in September 2018 that to relocate “would be a death sentence.”

A family Facebook post in his memory says that, “The few institutional options on hand, Sean pointed out, would have offered vastly inferior care while separating him from his family, and likely would have hastened his death.”

“Above all else Sean was devoted to his son, Aidan. Sean often said that Aidan was his reason for living and had a close relationship with him right to the end,” continues the post.

“We would ask, on Sean’s behalf, that the government recognize the serious problems in its treatment of ALS patients and their families, and find real solutions for those already suffering unimaginably,” states the post.

Sadly, in the end, unable to pay the amount needed to receive full care at home, Mr. Tagert, 41, opted for euthanasia. People who are ill and vulnerable sometimes despair in difficult circumstances. Why could the health care system not pay to provide 24 hour care at home?

The health care system was willing to pay for his euthanasia but not for the extra hours of care. What a tragedy!




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Justice for Asaara

In April 2017, Arianna Goberdhan, then nine months pregnant was murdered by her husband. Both mother and unborn child were killed in the attack but husband Nicholas Baig was charged with only one murder because Canadian law does not recognize the unborn child as a human being.

Section 223 of the Criminal Code of Canada reads:

When child becomes human being
223 (1) A child becomes a human being within the meaning of this Act when it has completely proceeded, in a living state, from the body of its mother, whether or not
(a) it has breathed;
(b) it has an independent circulation; or
(c) the navel string is severed.

Arianna had named her daughter Asaara. Grandmother Sherry Goberdhan said:”For this law to say my granddaughter wasn’t a human being is wrong. When we saw her five days after the fact she was perfect.”

As the law stands, if a baby dies after being born, from wounds sustained in utero, the father can be charged with two murders. Otherwise, the Criminal Code turns a blind eye to the other victim, the unborn child. However,  there were two victims that day, mother Arianna and baby Asaara.


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Better Off Dead


In this video by Choice42.com, the host uses satire to look at the reasons offered in support of abortion.


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