March 07, 2015

Conservative MP advocates for physician-assisted suicide "in cases involving the full consent of a cognitive adult"

Brian LilleyArchive

Conservative Party MP Steven Fletcher says his private members bill (C-582) is strikingly similar to the Supreme Court's recent decision regarding assisted suicide.

I caught up with Fletcher at this weekend's Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa.

Fletcher explains that he is an advocate for physician-assisted suicide in cases involving the full consent of a cognitive adult.

This means that under the provisions of his private member's bill, those suffering from conditions like dementia and chronic depression wouldn't qualify.

Fletcher also explains that his bill contains safeguards such as a three-physician panel, which would protect vulnerable individuals from being taken advantage of.

We talk about the continuing need for better hospice and palliative care, as well as additional resources to allow those with disabilities to live meaningful and dignified lives.

Finally, I asked him what would happen if a Canadian doctor refused to participate in physician-assisted suicide on religious or ethical grounds:


(Earlier today at the Conference, I also spoke to world-renowned ethicist Margaret Somerville, who opposes the legalization of assisted suicide.)


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commented 2015-03-07 18:01:23 -0500
Ernest Albright, do you think a woman who was raped and became pregnant has no right to have an abortion if she didn’t want to carry her rapists child? What if it was your wife, sister or daughter?
commented 2015-03-07 17:56:32 -0500
Rick Hemmingson, I’m not really sure what the technical definition of murder is but are I’m sure it’s more complicated then simply one person killing another.
commented 2015-03-07 17:46:05 -0500
Well that is the door that is opened, I just hope they allow “Willed” assisted suicide, so if one is vegetative the family and doctors can call the day. As long as we murder babies because its a Romans body she can do with it as she likes (baby has no say in the mater) at least assisted suicide the person is doing with their own body as THEY wish.
commented 2015-03-07 17:45:37 -0500
Suicide is when you kill yourself. Homicide is when you kill someone else.
Assisted suicide is when you kill someone else but you don’t want to be called a murderer.
commented 2015-03-07 17:37:54 -0500
Here’s the original version of the Hippocratic Oath: (

I will reverence my master who taught me the art. Equally with my parents, will I allow him things necessary for his support, and will consider his sons as brothers. I will teach them my art without reward or agreement; and I will impart all my acquirement, instructions, and whatever I know, to my master’s children, as to my own; and likewise to all my pupils, who shall bind and tie themselves by a professional oath, but to none else.

With regard to healing the sick, I will devise and order for them the best diet, according to my judgment and means; and I will take care that they suffer no hurt or damage.

Nor shall any man’s entreaty prevail upon me to administer poison to anyone; neither will I counsel any man to do so. Moreover, I will give no sort of medicine to any pregnant woman, with a view to destroy the child.

Further, I will comport myself and use my knowledge in a godly manner.

I will not cut for the stone, but will commit that affair entirely to the surgeons.

Whatsoever house I may enter, my visit shall be for the convenience and advantage of the patient; and I will willingly refrain from doing any injury or wrong from falsehood, and (in an especial manner) from acts of an amorous nature, whatever may be the rank of those who it may be my duty to cure, whether mistress or servant, bond or free.

Whatever, in the course of my practice, I may see or hear (even when not invited), whatever I may happen to obtain knowledge of, if it be not proper to repeat it, I will keep sacred and secret within my own breast.
If I faithfully observe this oath, may I thrive and prosper in my fortune and profession, and live in the estimation of posterity; or on breach thereof, may the reverse be my fate!4

Now, where in here does it say that a doctor agrees to TAKE life? There’s actually a section here that the oath-taker agrees to NOT abort a fetus…
commented 2015-03-07 17:32:30 -0500
Seeing a once strong and happy family member wither away in agony while battling an inoperable brain tumour was a horrible experience for both him and our family. He was a hard working man and a great provider who always put his family first so he tried to stay positive and strong for the rest of us through the fight. However you could see in his eyes how the whole ordeal was crushing him. He never mentioned euthanasia but if he requested it I would have supported his decision 100%.