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  • BioEdge: Has Jodi Picoult subscribed to BioEdge? She should
    In the first an Australian traumea surgeon Craig Jurisevic has just published his memoirs of his time in the 1999 Kosovo War He went on patrols provided intelligence killed Serb soldiers and operated in battlefield hospitals run by the Kosovo Liberation Army Were his battlefield exploits compatible with his Hippocratic Oath How should the Australian Medical Association respond And in the second an intensive care doctor had to quash suspicions that she kept a convicted child killer alive so that she could make a deathbed confession to police about other murders Emma Hothersall told an inquest in Queensland that police had never put pressure on her to keep Valmae Beck alive after she suffered a heart attack But what if they had What would be the ethics of extending a lifer s life Perhaps some of your friends are novelists get them to subscribe to BioEdge We ve linked the BioEdge website to a Facebook page Why don t you think about becoming a fan Cheers Michael Cook Editor MORE ON THESE TOPICS Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter MOST READ Dutch psychiatric patients may get

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  • BioEdge: Pointed Remarks
    how to promote them more effectively Actually as a BioEdge subscriber you are our best sales person If you know of colleagues or friends who might be interested in receiving it please pass the word on We have found that Facebook is particularly effective Post an endorsement on your wall This week for some reason most of our stories deal with euthanasia At the top of the page is a touching tribute to a Frenchwoman who has suffered from locked in syndrome for 30 years The French government has just given her the Legion of Honour for her efforts in fighting euthanasia Cheers Michael Cook Editor BioEdge to make a comment click here How should we treat disabled infants by 23 Oct 2010 Comments Hi there Euthanasia is back in the news A new report from a British think tank is highly critical The author Cristina Odone argues that the chattering classes will suffer none of the harms of legalised euthanasia protected as they are by their network of friends and colleagues It is the vulnerable who will be expected to take early leave the elderly without relatives the poor the disabled and so on It is a well informed and impassioned essay One of the news items in this week s newsletter might support her view A paediatric palliative care doctor from Vancouver describes how he helped five newborn disabled infants to die No doubt the children had a very short life expectancy But his solution was to pump them so full of sedatives that they could not cry or disturb the parents and to withdraw all nutrition and hydration so that they died of thirst and starvation But it was still very distressing for the parents to look on as their child became more and more emaciated until it passed away At least one of the children lasted 26 days It s very hard to study because this is ethically a very sensitive area he says Is this the right way to deal with disabled newborns Something doesn t seem quite right here Any ideas from readers Cheers Michael Cook Editor to make a comment click here Bob Edwards and his Nobel gong by 15 Oct 2010 Comments Hi there This always happens Go away on a holiday and the biggest story of the year breaks in your absence Oh well This time it was the Nobel Prize awarded to Robert G Edwards for developing in vitro fertilization This was greeted around the world with great applause as an estimated 4 million new lives have emerged in the world thanks to this technique But I listened in astonishment to a representative of the committee who selected Professor Edwards as he blandly declared that the ethical issues surrounding IVF itself were resolved decades ago I am not quite sure what resolved means Is there another field of medicine which regularly gives rise to such knotty ethical issues ranging from the exploitation of impoverished Indian women as surrogate mothers to

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/pointedremarks/P240 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Quebec on verge of legalising euthanasia
    their members a free or conscience vote on the controversial issue The politicians have had to perform some adroit legal legerdemain to allow Quebec doctors to administer lethal injections Canada is a federation and the national criminal code bans euthanasia For that reason the backers of the bill called An Act Respecting End of Life Care are describing it as a health measure which falls under the jurisdiction of the province rather than a change in the criminal code which is a federal responsibility It uses the euphemism medical aid in dying instead of euthanasia The new health minister Gaetan Barrette another doctor says that It s a bill about end of life care that is part of a continuum that ranges from health care to medical aid in dying but with a very particular focus on palliative care He was a strong supporter of euthanasia when he was the head of the Quebec association of medical specialists If the bill passes it will almost certainly be challenged in the courts In all of the three countries where euthanasia has been legalized they didn t do so by modifying the health laws but by modifying the criminal law said Dr Catherine Ferrier president of the Physicians Alliance Against Euthanasia In Quebec they are trying to get around the fact that it s not under their jurisdiction They are trying to make an end run around federal law MORE ON THESE TOPICS Canada euthanasia Quebec This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/quebec_on_verge_of_legalising_euthanasia/10995 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Euthanasia off the boil in Quebec
    said in March the PQ continues to present Quebecers as weak besieged threatened people When it s not the federal government it s the other provinces When it s not the federal government or the other provinces it is foreigners who come to live here And when it s not the foreigners living here it is us Quebecers who don t think like them I m fed up with that and it s going to end with this election However euthanasia will not go away The PQ MP who introduced Quebec s euthanasia bill Veronique Hiron has already told the media that she hopes it will not disappear Couillard a former neurosurgeon says that his party is split on the issue He thought that the PQ s euthanasia bill was too broad but he does not seem to be opposed in principle MORE ON THESE TOPICS Canada euthanasia Quebec This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/euthanasia_off_the_boil_in_quebec/10925 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Quebec euthanasia bill tabled
    but nothing on euthanasia Ms Hivon says In fact the bill mentions aid in dying and terminal sedation but the word euthanasia does not appear The Quebec government will also decline to use the national law to prosecute doctors who euthanase patients This is the same strategy it used in the 1970s when abortion was banned nationally but permitted in Quebec The bill appears to have broad bipartisan support in the assembly However the vote will take place after a long summer break and opponents will be lobbying hard to stop it The issue is sure to be fiercely debated This is not care It is killing patients because they don t get the proper care they should says Paul Saba of the Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice We are giving a free hand to end the life of people There will be abuse This is immoral and unconscionable life is too precious MORE ON THESE TOPICS euthanasia Quebec This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/quebec_euthanasia_bill_tabled/10571 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Some Quebec doctors resisting drive for euthanasia
    that euthanasia through lethal injection is not a form of care but rather the definitive end of all care Patients should never be forced to give up their right to be treated and cared for Drs Catherine Ferrier and Marc Beauchamp also took the floor rejecting a process through which physicians would lose all professional judgment and become legally bound to kill their patients on demand rather than to alleviate their suffering to the best of their abilities A draft euthanasia bill is due to be proposed in the Quebec parliament later this year following the publication of the Menard report in January It recommended specific amendments to Quebec s laws to make euthanasia legal and safe MORE ON THESE TOPICS euthanasia Quebec This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/some_quebec_doctors_resisting_drive_for_euthanasia/10402 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Quebec moves towards euthanasia
    found a loophole Quebec junior health minister Veronique Hivon says that provinces have jurisdiction over health and that Quebec would pass legislation which would redefine suicide The constitutional basis is clear she says We are really in a field of regulating end of life care and adding the possibility for somebody to have access to medical aid in dying She hopes to table a bill before the legislature adjourns for the summer The framework for euthanasia would work as follows A patient would make a written request on the basis of unbearable physical or psychological suffering He or she would have to confirm this request and two doctors would have to approve the request A new law would effectively state that withdrawal of care or the application of a terminal sedative in these circumstances is appropriate medical care and not a suicide Therefore the doctors could not be charged with killing the patient The legal gymnastics are interesting A summary of the report says that a new kind of care will be invented by the law presumably bypassing the medical textbooks Finally a new kind of care would be introduced which is part of the continuum of end of life care or medical assistance to die The proposed rules are also part of the ongoing development of human rights at the end of life Hospitals and associations of doctors would be asked to change their codes of ethics to include euthanasia and assisted suicide MORE ON THESE TOPICS assisted suicide euthanasia Quebec This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/quebec_moves_towards_euthanasia/10361 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Quebec could legalise euthanasia
    an advanced stage of palliative care This approach abandons the debate over the legalization of euthanasia to situate it in terms of appropriate end of life care said Véronique Hivon the co chair of the committee The report acknowledges that there could be constitutional snags Euthanasia is illegal in Canada s federal law If the Quebec parliament legalises it it would still be a crime in the other provinces However in Canada s federal system the provinces are responsible for the administration of justice The committee has simply recommended that doctors be shielded from prosecution This worked in the 1970s when Quebec stopped prosecuting doctors who did abortions The committee believes that euthanasia would be rigorously regulated and monitored Minors would be banned and only an enlightened and well informed people would be allowed to request medical assistance to die They would have to have a serious and incurable disease with no hope of improvement The report has sparked a lively debate Jocelyn Downie a bioethicist at Dalhousie University said that Quebec has shown extraordinary leadership in this area The lobby group Living with Dignity however described it as a profound act of political betrayal Globe and Mail March 23

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/quebec_could_legalise_euthanasia/9999 (2016-02-18)
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