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  • BioEdge: How will conscientious objectors fare in Canada?
    doctors must be allowed the right to conscientious objection What this means in practice is fuzzy The core of that reconciliation will be that we respect individual doctors rights to conscientiously object says Dr Simpson That s in patients best interests Ultimately no patient is going to want their physician pulled in against their will to help them with such a profound issue However Dr James Downar who wrote a CMAJ Commentary on physician assisted death last year interpreted these reassurances in a way which is sure to alarm some doctors He believes that regulations must force doctors with conscientious objection to refer requests for PAD to a more willing colleague Otherwise some people will not be able to avail themselves of their newly recognised Charter right to assisted death Another issue which interests Americans is whether Canada will allow suicide tourism as Switzerland does Washington Post writer Rachel Feltman points out that there is an obvious case to support it if no one can stop an able bodied person from ending their life so preventing a terminally ill patient from receiving the help they needed to do so should be considered a discriminatory act On the other hand Given the strong emphasis on illness and the patient doctor relationship in Canada s ruling it s highly unlikely that the country would adopt such a liberal suicide policy But since the regulations are still to be written no one can be sure MORE ON THESE TOPICS assisted suicide Canada conscientious objection 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/how_will_conscientious_objectors_fare_in_canada/11322 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Canada’s supreme court strikes down ban on assisted suicide
    dignity and autonomy The prohibition denies people in this situation the right to make decisions concerning their bodily integrity and medical care and thus trenches on their liberty And by leaving them to endure intolerable suffering it impinges on their security of the person Unending pro life arguments against assisted suicide it also declared that a prohibition infringed upon people s right to life because they might end their lives sooner than they would if they could rely upon assistance it has the effect of forcing some individuals to take their own lives prematurely for fear that they would be incapable of doing so when they reached the point where suffering was intolerable What about conscientious objectors to assisted suicide The Supreme Court tried to reassure them by declaring that nothing in the declaration of invalidity which we propose to issue would compel physicians to provide assistance in dying The declaration simply renders the criminal prohibition invalid This is a matter for legislatures and professional associations However it also said that we underline that the Charter rights of patients and physicians will need to be reconciled thus framing requests as a legitimate right under Canada s charter Opponents of assisted suicide are unlikely to be reassured The Court s views on the experience of Belgium where euthanasia has been legal for more than a decade were interesting It studied research by Professor Etienne Montero a professor in bioethics and an expert on the practice of euthanasia in Belgium He claimed that safeguards there were flimsy and that there were many abuses Without contesting this the Court declared that the experience in Belgium was irrelevant because of the many cultural differences between the two countries It will take a while for the consequences of the Carter case to work themselves out

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/canadas_supreme_court_strikes_down_ban_on_assisted_suicide/11313 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Ontario doctors preparing for battle over conscience rights
    rights and freedoms of others Where physicians choose to limit the health services they provide for moral or religious reasons this may impede access to care resulting in a violation of patient rights under the Charter and the Code Although euthanasia is not legal in Canada at the moment should the Supreme Court legalize it the policy will require objecting physicians to lethally inject patients themselves if a delay would result in harm or suffering In less urgent circumstances the policy will require physicians unwilling to kill patients to promptly refer them to a non objecting available physician or other health care provider However many physicians who object to abortion or euthanasia for reasons of conscience would also object to referral Dr Charles Bernard President of Quebec s Collège des médecins has explained that mandatory referral effectively nullifies freedom of conscience It is as if you did it anyway Prominent academics and activists want to force objecting physicians to provide or refer for abortion and contraception They and others have led increasingly strident campaigns to suppress freedom of conscience among physicians to achieve that goal The College s draft policy clearly reflects their influence The Protection of Conscience Project a lobby group insists that it is incoherent and contrary to sound public policy to include a requirement to do what one believes to be wrong in a professional code of ethics It is also an affront to the best traditions of liberal democracy and ultimately dangerous The College Council has tentatively approved the policy but will accept public input until February 20 before imposing it on Ontario physicians MORE ON THESE TOPICS Canada conscience conscientious objection This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/ontario_doctors_preparing_for_battle_over_conscience_rights/11261 (2016-02-18)
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  • Executed prisoners may be part of spooky body exhibition
    of consent whatsoever to show these bodies said Joel Chipkar spokesman for Choose Humanity If these bodies do not have consent to be shown these bodies are being shown illegally in Canada Premier Exhibitions the owners of the exhibition offered no response to the complaint However a disclaimer on their website confirms the remains are from Chinese citizens or residents originally received by Chinese police The Chinese Bureau of Police may receive bodies from Chinese prisons Premier cannot independently verify that the human remains you are viewing are not those of persons who were incarcerated in Chinese prisons the disclaimer states Premier relies solely on the representations of its Chinese partners and cannot independently verify that they do not belong to persons executed while incarcerated in Chinese prisons Joel Etienne a lawyer representing Choose Humanity believes there may be a criminal offence related to causing an indignity to a body He has requested that an inquiry be conducted and that authorities stop the bodies from leaving Canada MORE ON THESE TOPICS Canada China human dignity plastination This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/executed_prisoners_may_be_part_of_spooky_exhibition/11140 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Gunther von Hagens and his controversial Body Worlds exhibitions of plasticised human bodies and body parts have been out of the news for a couple of years An interview in Wired with von Hagens at his German factory suggests that financial difficulties and illness are the reasons why Blow to Germany s animal lovers Michael Cook 07 December 2012 Comments tags animal rights bestiality human dignity natural law new frontiers Germany is a very big blip on the radar of BioEdge s Reproductive Revolution Weirdness Watch this week Powdered baby flesh sold to South Koreans Michael Cook 11 May 2012 Comments tags human dignity Korea Thousands of drug capsules made from powdered baby flesh in China have been confiscated by South Korea customs agents They were manufactured in northern China and smuggled in as stamina boosters There were 35 attempts since last August involving 17 450 capsules Customs officials said that no one had been arrested because the material which contained bacteria and other harmful substances was only intended for personal use Human dignity more action in the trenches Michael Cook 20 April 2012 Comments tags bioethics human dignity A bioethicist at Weill Cornell Medical College has fired another salvo in the battle of human dignity Writing in the May issue of the journal Bioethics she dissects earlier arguments and finds them wanting The danger of being a doctor in a war zone Jared Yee 11 February 2012 Comments tags human dignity torture Dr Abd al Razzaq Jbeiro secretary general of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent was shot and killed two weeks ago on a highway near Damascus France bans plastinated body exhibits Michael Cook 25 September 2010 Comments tags corpses human dignity Contrary to human dignity says high court Pope defends human dignity as foundation of bioethics Michael Cook

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/human+dignity (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Gunther von Hagens and his controversial Body Worlds exhibitions of plasticised human bodies and body parts have been out of the news for a couple of years An interview in Wired with von Hagens at his German factory suggests that financial difficulties and illness are the reasons why Plastinated bodies to be sold on internet Michael Cook 13 November 2010 Comments tags corpses plastination respect for dead Gunther von Hagens at it again Where did the bodies come from Michael Cook 25 February 2010 Comments tags human dignity informed consent plastination privacy The Lancet asks questions Plastinated necrophilia in Berlin exhibit Michael Cook 09 May 2009 Comments tags cadavers Gunther von Hagens plastination respect for bodies Gunther von Hagens again Plastic immortality grows in popularity Michael Cook 09 May 2007 Comments tags cadavers Gunther von Hagens plastination respect for bodies Modern mummies draw crowds and criticism Michael Cook 15 August 2006 Comments tags cadavers plastination respect for bodies The Plastinator gets under people s skin Michael Cook 02 July 2004 Comments tags cadaver Gunther von Hagens plastination respect for bodies Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/plastination (2016-02-18)
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  • Medicinal marijuana is bad medicine, says CMA president
    works who it works for how it interacts or how much to prescribe Under current Canadian law patients wishing to purchase medicinal marijuana need to obtain a prescription from a doctor Many doctors are unsure about the treatment and hence reluctant to issue a prescription Dr Francescutti is concerned about the effect of current legislation on doctor patient relations It puts physicians in a very awkward situation and it strains the physician patient relationship Debate about the legalization of marijuana has become a central issue in the run up to the expected 2015 Canada federal elections The Liberal Party supports a change in the law on the grounds that it would make it easier to control the drug and take power out of the hands of organized crime MORE ON THESE TOPICS Canada clinical trials drugs marijuana 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

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/medicinal_marijuana_is_bad_medicine_cma_president/11123 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    and efficacy Michael Cook 26 October 2013 Comments tags drugs over medication Spiralling demand for testosterone over the past decade has result in a world market estimated at US 2 billion Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb

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