An initial report leading to legalization of assisted suicide in Canada is far from satisfying opponents of death by prescription.
The Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying has released a report [PDF] on implementing assisted suicide. Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition summarizes what the panel stated.
"[They said] it should be basically wide open and nurses should be involved in it. They really don't differentiate between euthanasia, which is lethal injection, and assisted suicide, which is providing the lethal pills," he tells OneNewsNow. "And on top of that, they said that children should be allowed to have this, which of course brings up instant concerns about children with disabilities."
The report doesn't protect conscience rights of physicians and the panel suggests any reporting should be done after the death, not before. Schadenberg describes it as "a pretty wild report."
"If you're going to impose this upon us, such as the Supreme Court did last February when it decided to strike down our laws, at least make sure you're protecting people," he emphasizes.
"At least make sure you're not just focused on protecting the doctors; that you actually have proper oversights, so that depressed people and people who have mental illness and people who are going through that difficult stage of their life are actually protected and not killed."
Currently the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is studying a report just issued by the federal government.