Tag: Canada

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January 29, 2017

Physician-Assisted Suicide and Canada…Again

Though a relative “latecomer” in the legalization of physician-assisted suicide (PAS), Canada seems determined to make up for lost time. Already the question of organ donation after PAS has been raised. Very recently, the medical “savings” made possible by the legalization of PAS in 2016 was brought to light. The January 23, 2017 volume of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) published the results of... // Read More »
February 9, 2015

Canadian Supreme Court: Legal Assisted Suicide In a Year

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

A year from now, all Canadians may have the right to assisted suicide. In February 6, the Canadian Supreme Court ruled “that the prohibition on physician-assisted dying is void insofar as it deprives a competent adult of such assistance where (1) the person affected clearly consents to the termination of life; and (2) the person has a grievous and irremediable medical condition (including an illness, disease or disability) that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual in the circumstances of his or her condition.” In other words, a competent and capacitated person with a serious and unresolvable condition that creates suffering has a right to have assistance to end his or her life.…

February 18, 2014

Euthanasia in Quebec?

Quebec legislators are reportedly within days of passing a law that would permit euthanasia for competent adult patients with incurable disease which causes constant and unbearable physical or mental suffering. The euthanasia-related portion of Bi...
November 25, 2013

Cuthbertson v. Rasouli: Limited Guidance from Supreme Court of Canada

by Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD

On October 18, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada issued its long-awaited opinion in Cuthbertson v.

January 24, 2012

Canadians have Bieber Fever...For Organ Donation

Yes, it’s true. Bieber Fever has spread far and wide. But it isn’t just tweens who are following the pop star, Justin Bieber’s, every move.…

October 30, 2008

Is There Anyone Who We Won't Let Be A Physician?

No one is perfect–but a physician charged for the tenth time for sex related allegations is still seeing patients in Canada.…

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American Journal of Bioethics: Volume 7 Issue 2 - Feb 2007

Why a Criminal Ban? Analyzing the Arguments Against Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer in the Canadian Parliamentary Debate

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June 21, 2012 1:15 pm

National organ plan aims to boost donations (CBC News)

Canada must do better to help its citizens receive life-saving and life-enhancing transplants, says Canadian Blood Services, which released a blueprint Wednesday for boosting organ and tissue donations across the country. The blueprint includes 25 recommendations on how provinces and territories can work together to create a national strategy to improve Canada’s transplantation rate. If implemented, the plan “would result in a 50 per cent increase in the number of organ transplants in Canada and a doubling of the number of tissue donors — saving and improving the lives of thousands of Canadians,” said Dr. Graham Sher, CEO of Canadian Blood Services (CBS).

May 18, 2012 12:52 am

Top court to hear doctors' end-of-life appeal (CTV.ca)

The Supreme Court of Canada decided Thursday to hear an appeal by doctors over who has the final authority to end a comatose patient’s life. The court’s ruling on the controversial case involving a Toronto man could clear up a legal grey area that fails to clarify whether physicians or a patient’s family have the final say on when to pull the plug.

April 26, 2012 9:45 am

Pregnant woman who bought U.S. donor egg speaks out (CBC News)

A royal commission, several parliamentary committees, an act of Parliament and a federal agency have all debated reproductive technologies, touching on a quagmire of legal, social and ethical issues that include the exploitation of surrogates and the sale of sperm and eggs before the advent of cryopreservation. Prof. Françoise Baylis, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Bioethics and Philosophy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, advised the royal commission and later sat on the board of Assisted Human Reproduction Canada before she quit in frustration in 2010 over concerns about its management.

April 23, 2012 5:50 pm

Assisted human reproduction and the law (CBC News)

An air of confusion surrounds Canada’s rules governing fertility issues, such as assisted human reproduction. Although the federal government passed a law in 2004 that tackled a wide swath of the socially and ethically controversial issues surrounding reproduction, covering everything from human cloning to payment for sperm, the law hasn’t lived up to expectations.

April 13, 2012 1:18 pm

Toronto man may have 1,000 siblings through sperm donor (CTV)

A Toronto man believes he may be one of hundreds of children conceived by a single sperm donor — and he’s on a mission to track down as many of his siblings as possible.