March 16, 2014

Former state representative explains why Quebec should follow New Hampshire and reject assisted suicide and euthanasia

MONTREAL, March 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - New Hampshire overwhelmingly
rejected assisted suicide on March 6 2014 with a vote of 219 to 66.
Former 3 term state representative Nancy Elliott explained why New
Hampshire rejected assisted suicide and why progressive societies like
Quebec should reject euthanasia.

There are many similarities between the New Hampshire legislation and
Quebec's. Both proposals leave the door wide open for abuse of people
in medical facilities. Definitions of eligibility in both Bills are
vague and wide open. Medical predictions are not always correct. Many
people who are written off outlive their doctors' predictions. There
are medical conditions where people are not necessarily dying and may
have many more years of life to live with treatment. Ms. Elliott gave
the example of Richard Bloom from New Hampshire who was given 18 months
to live with pancreatic cancer. Initially he was refused treatment and
after battling with his medical providers was able to procure treatment
and doing well 9 years later.

Both bills leave the door open for family abuse, particularly those who
can gain from an inheritance. Senior abuse in the community has been
estimated at 4-6% and is probably higher in institutional care
facilities according to the World Health Organization.

In summary Nancy Elliott states that "euthanasia is a prescription for
all types of abuse of people at the most vulnerable times of their

Also present at the conference Lisa D'Amico President of Le fonds
d'aide aux victimes d'erreurs médicales (FAVEM) who described the need
to protect people with disabilities from the abuses of euthanasia. She
explained how disabled people like herself contribute to society and
are a benefit to their communities. Medical research needs to be done
to treat medically challenged people and this contributes to research
and development which is an investment to the economy. The payback is
better functioning citizens who contribute back to society. She also
reminded us that not all people with disabilities are born with them,
some develop them later in life, and others may even have accidents
even at an early age. All of society has an invested interest to
encourage better medical care for our fellow citizens so they can
better contribute.

In the Video: "Quebecers call to stop euthanasia," 16 year old Nadine described how
she survived leukemia and a bone marrow transplant when she was 14
years ago. She described how young people need love and support to get
through and do not need the deadly seduction of euthanasia.

Dr. Sylvia Baribeau, a family physician emphasized the need to treat and
support those who need medical care and not abandon them when they need
it most. "Euthanasia is not medical care, it is the cruelest
abandonment and abuse of our fellow human beings."

Dr. Paul Saba who is President of the Coalition of Physicians for Social
Justice reminds us that "over 9 million doctors in over 100 countries
represented by the World Medical Association reject euthanasia and
request physicians not to euthanize people in countries or
jurisdictions where it is permitted. It also is contrary to United
Nations conventions and agreements."

SOURCE Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice