A highly interesting lecture on Bill 52 and palliative care (vs. Euthanasia) will be given by Dr. Manuel Borod on November 18, 2014 @ 7:00 pm.
5170 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Montreal, QC H3W 1L5
Dr. Manuel Borod is vehementlt opposed to Bill 52, the bill which has passed earlier this year and proposes to legalize euthanasia in Quebec.
Dr. Manuel Borod practiced family medicine for 20 years prior to embarking on a career in palliative medicine.
He developed the home care program at Mount Sinai Hospital prior to coming to the MUHC on a full-time basis. He served as Clinical Director of Palliative Care there from 2003-2009 and since then has been the Division Director.
He has been very active in improving and developing different programs such as out-patient services which include a palliative care day hospital, cancer rehabilitation and a multidisciplinary program on cancer pain. He has long been a dedicated teacher and mentor to medical students, residents, and colleagues.
Dr. Borod has given many presentations at local, national and international conferences on a number of subjects including cancer pain, ethics, palliative sedation and euthanasia as well as the role of humour in palliative care.
The event is $12, payable at the door.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014: Day of Prayer and Fasting
Montreal Archbishop Christian Lepine is calling all faithful to a day of prayer and fasting to commemorate the World Day for the Sick.
The day also holds special significance, said the archbishop in an open letter, as the Quebec legislature reconvenes tomorrow and will be voting shortly on legislation which will permit physicians ot euthanize their patients.
The archbishop concluded his letter by inviting all persons to come to the Cathedral tomorrow evening for a Eucharistic celebration. The purpose of the celebration is to "celebrate in solidarity with those who are sick and suffering."
The following video is the archbishop's invitation to participate tomorrow:
The following comes from the group Living with Dignity.
- Modern medicine is able to relieve all physical pain.
- "Medical aid in dying" is the injection of a poison that KILLS IMMEDIATELY.
- "Medical aid in dying" is euthanasia, forbidden by the Criminal Code.
- Bill 52 won't solve the lack of access to palliative care.
- The provisions of Bill 52 aimed at legalizing euthanasia are unconstitutional.
- Bill 52 will irreparably damage the health system.
- Legalizing "medical aid in dying" is Criminal Law.
- Only the Federal parliement can legalize euthanasia.
- The oversight Commission's processes don't provide sufficient guarantees for the safety of patients.
To claim the contrary is to deceive the public and our legislators.
- 88 % of palliative care physicians oppose Bill 52 52.1
- 67 % of Quebecers don't understand what "medical aid in dying" is.2
- 69 % of Quebecers don't have access to palliative care.3
- 25 % of Quebecers don't have a family doctor.4
- 34 % of Montrealers don't have a family doctor.5
Bill 52 is modelled closely on the Belgian euthanasia law.
Deaths in 2012
60,80010 deaths. There would have been between 608 and 1,824 deaths caused by euthanasia depending on whether one uses the Belgian or Dutch percentages.
Some worrysome statistics
- 47 % Euthanasia cases in Flanders (Belgium) are not reported.11
- 31 % Euthanasia cases in Flanders (Belgium) carried out without the patient's explicit agreement.12
- 78 % Euthanasia cases in Belgium carried out without agreement weren't even discussed with the patient.13
- 22 % Euthanasia cases in Belgium carried out by nurses (which is illegal).14
- 23 % Lung transplants in Belgium come from donors killed by euthanasia.15
- Deaf twins euthanized because they were going blind16 – Belgium.
- Transsexual euthanized because the surgery was unsuccessful17 – Belgium.
- Woman euthanized because she was depressed, her family not notified18 – Belgium.
- Woman euthanized because she was anorexic 19 — Belgium.
- Woman euthanized because she was going blind and couldn't handle not seeing dirt20 – Netherlands.
- 196 countries in the world23. 3 countries where euthanasia is legal.
- 99.6 % world population protected by law against euthanasia. 0.4 % world population not protected against euthanasia.24
According to the World Health Organisation, palliative care intends neither to hasten nor postpone death .25
Vote in February 2014
Ask your MNA to vote against Bill 52. Now. You can easily contribute to the prevention of this catastrophy: contact your MNA as soon as possible and inform them of these facts they probably don't know about. The final vote will take place in February 2014