Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Dying with Dignity Supreme Court Challenge

We had a blue jay smuck into the window. It was so sad. We don't have this very often. In fact, this is the first since I began keeping track. We had one die in April, I sheltered it in the shed until it passed over.
Birth, life, death. It's all pretty certain.

The Supreme Court comes out with a decision on physician-assisted death today.
PM Harper refuses to deal with it.

Right to Doctor Assisted suicide

The B.C. Civil Liberties Association, along with two women who have intractable and progressive diseases — Kay Carter and Gloria Taylor — have taken the case to Canada’s top court seeking to allow seriously and incurably ill, but mentally competent adults the right to receive medical assistance to hasten death under specific safeguards.

"Euthanasia Prevention Coalition"
Some in the disabled community are fearmongering about 'slippery slopes' and murder of the intellectually disabled. They've created this lobby group to fight it.

Some in the medical community, who don't want the responsibility, cite Dutch horror stories of the 1990s. This is something we learned from, and several countries have excellent programs.
Truthfully, most of my clients have a good death. One with dignity and grace.

Very few of my clients would want it, but for the very few who may, it would give them peace of mind.  Physicians are so bad at house calls, pain and symptom management is the key to a good death. It is the nursing case manager who calls the doctor to order pain relief meds.

For the very few who would choose it: those with difficult disease trajectories, like ALS - where you drown in your phlegm, unable to breathe or cough, perhaps it would be a gift from a society that understands dignity of life and death.
We shall see.
Top court hears arguments for and against assisted suicide
Assisted suicide should only apply to cases involving patients who are never going to get better, the Supreme Court heard today as it confronted the question of whether Canadians have the right to seek help to end their lives.

The court had last considered the issue in 1993, when it ruled in the Rodriguez case that where assisted death is concerned, certain rights enshrined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms are trumped by the principles of fundamental justice.
But 20 years later much has changed, Arvay argued, including the way charter rights themselves are interpreted.

Lawyer urges top court to decriminalize physician-assisted death because politicians fear “political hot potato.”

Arvay: there are 3 types of euthanasia; voluntary, non-voluntary and involuntary. We only support 
voluntary euthanasia. ‪#‎CarterSCC‬

From a lowered podium, Arvay addressed the critics of physician-assisted death head on, saying “I would be the very last person to ever suggest one is ‘better off dead than being disabled’ ” which is the slogan used by some disabled groups who oppose a decriminalized scheme.
But he argued no one, including disabled advocates fighting “able-ism,” should be allowed to “leverage” the suffering of others while claiming they haven’t gotten the proper societal supports and prevent others from accessing a dignified death.

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