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Assisted-dying bill draws praise, criticism from Anglicans, other Canadians

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article39361
Author
Forget, André
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2016 June
Author
Forget, André
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2016 June
Volume
142
Issue
6
Page
1, 12
Notes
"While the government tabled legislation April 14 [2016] to clarify the laws around doctor-assisted death, responses from some members of the Anglican Church of Canada's task force on assisted dying show that the church -- and Canadian society -- remain divided about how widely available this measure should be. Canon Eric Beresford, the ethicist who chairs the task force, said he felt the government 'tried hard to balance a number of things', and commended the decision to exclude children from the purview of the act. Another member of the task force, however, suggested its restrictiveness is a problem. Julie Guichon, a lawyer and assistant professor at the University of Calgary's school of medicine, argued that in its current form the bill is unconstitutional." (p. 1). "Meanwhile, the government's promise to spend $3 billion over the next five years for homecare and expanded palliative care was received positively by various quarters. Beresford said the announcement was 'wonderful news', and suggested that with assisted dying now an option, strong palliative care is more important than ever" (p. 12).
Subjects
Right to die - Law and legislation - Canada
Right to die - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Assisted suicide - Canada
Assisted suicide - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Euthanasia - Law and legislation - Canada
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Terminal care - Canada
Terminal care - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Beresford, Eric B. (Eric Brian), 1957-
Guichon, Juliet (Juliet Ruth), 1958-
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Care in dying : a consideration of the practices of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide : as commended by the General Synod for study in the Anglican Church of Canada

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/catalog3368
Publication Date
c1999
Material Type
Book
Location
Trinity College (Graham Library)
Call Number
R 726 C37 B4 1999
Place
Toronto ON
Publisher
Anglican Book Centre
Publication Date
c1999
Physical_Description
61 [+1] p. ; 27.2 x 21.5 cm.
Material Type
Book
Notes
"Edited by the Rev. Canon Eric Beresford".
"Task Group of the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee Anglican Church of Canada". -- t.-p.
Include endnotes and bibliography: pp. 35-36.
Contents: Task Group Members -- Foreword / Michael Peers -- Introduction -- Draft Statement on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide -- Report of the Task Group on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide -- Select Bibliography -- Endnotes -- Appendix A: Draft Statement on Assisted Suicide / The Ethics Group of the Doctrine and Worship Committee, 1995 -- Appendix B: Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) Draft Joint Statement (Received by the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee, October 1996) -- Appendix C: Faith and Witness Commission of the Canadian Council of Churches: Statement of Convergence on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide -- Study Guide -- Group Study Materials -- Study Session 1 -- Study Session 2 -- Response Form.
Added Entry
Beresford, Eric B. (Eric Brian), 1957-
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod
Anglican Church of Canada. Faith, Worship and Ministry Commitee
Canadian Council of Churches
Subjects
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Assisted suicide - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Death - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Euthanasia - Law and legislation - Canada
Suffering - Religious aspects - Christianity
ISBN
1-55126-259-2
Call Number
R 726 C37 B4 1999
Location
Trinity College (Graham Library)
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Chaplains take pragmatic approach to Supreme Court ruling

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article39525
Author
Forget, André
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2015 April
Author
Forget, André
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2015 April
Volume
141
Issue
4
Page
8
Notes
The Journal spoke with three chaplains and ministers who work closely with the dying and their families about the recent Supreme Court decision to strike down the ban on physician-assisted suicide. The Very Rev. Iain Luke, in the diocese of Athabasca, "expressed a theological concern that the statement suggests that 'dying and suffering around death, have no value', [but] he was also cautiously optimistic that the court's decision might actually provide a boost to palliative care". "For Luke, the church's most important role in response to assisted dying is to continue showing care and support for the dying and their families". The Rev. Keirstan Wells, co-ordinating diocesan health care chaplain for the diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, "said she thinks the court ruling is a 'positive development' because if will give people that autonomy, should they desire it. But she also believes that the church must provide guidance for those who are thinking through such end-of-life decisions". The Rev. Joanne Davies, a chaplain with the diocese of Toronto, "does think that the ruling has a positive side, in addition to the challenges. 'It means that we're actually going to talk about death and dying and actually name it', she said. 'As I begin to look at, that's the best part .. that people will actually start to think about it, and that passage to death is one form of care'".
Subjects
Canada. Supreme Court
Euthanasia - Law and legislation - Canada
Assisted suicide - Canada
Assisted suicide - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Palliative treatment - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Terminal care - Canada
Terminal care - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Church work with the terminally ill - Anglican Church of Canada
Chaplains, Hospital - Anglican Church of Canada
Luke, Iain
Wells, Keirstan
Davies, Joanne
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Choosing the 'escape clause'

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article39526
Author
Williams, Leigh Anne
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2015 April
Author
Williams, Leigh Anne
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2015 April
Volume
141
Issue
4
Page
8-9
Notes
"The Rev. Eric MacDonald, a retired Anglican priest who lives in Windsor, N.S., said he was 'overjoyed' by the Supreme Court of Canada's decision to legalize doctor-assisted suicide. 'I think it was about time', he said, but added, 'For Elizabeth, it is 10 years too late'" (p. 8). Elizabeth MacDonald was diagnosed with primary progressive MS (Multiple Sclerosis) in 1998 which resulted in rapidly progressing paralysis in 2006. "In June 2007, when Elizabeth was 38, they travelled to Zurich, seeking the help of Dignitas, an organization that offers medically assisted suicide" (p. 8). After Elizabeth's death and his return to Nova Scotia, "the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition asked the RCMP in Nova Scotia to investigate. The RCMP asked MacDonald to come into their station for an interview. ... About a week later the same officer came to his house to tell him that no charges were going to be laid" (p. 8-9). "MacDonald said he was outraged by the report's suggestion [Care in Dying] that assisted suicide is a failure of community. 'That really means that people who are helped to die are really being abandoned by their community, and I think that's a horrible thing to say'. In Elizabeth's case, he said, 'For me to have refused and said. 'There's no way I'm going to assist you in this -- there's no way I'm going to accompany you to Switzerland -- that would have been, to me, abandonment'" (p. 9).
Subjects
Canada. Supreme Court
Euthanasia - Law and legislation - Canada
Assisted suicide - Canada
Assisted suicide - Switzerland
Assisted suicide - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Terminal care - Canada
Terminal care - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
MacDonald, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Jeanette Lawrence), d. 2007
MacDonald, Eric
Dignitas
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
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End-of-life questions

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/article40232
Author
Forget, André
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2014 December
Author
Forget, André
Record Type
Journal Article
Journal
Anglican Journal
Date
2014 December
Volume
140
Issue
10
Page
13
Notes
"On Oct. 15 [2014], the Supreme Court of Canada heard a case [Carter v. Canada] that could change how end-of-life issues are dealt with by Canada's legal system by legalizing physician-assisted dying. In the same week, a task force formed by the Anglican Church of Canada met for the first time to discuss end-of-life issues and consider theological and pastoral responses to the changing legal and social realities". The Rev. Canon Dr. Ian Ritchie, a member of the task force, said that the "task force's work is based more on providing resources to priests, chaplains and medical professionals to help explain and make sense of end-of-life issues".
Subjects
Euthanasia - Law and legislation - Canada
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Assisted suicide - Canada
Assisted suicide - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Ritchie, Ian D. (Ian Douglas), 1951-
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Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official7204
Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 49
Date
1998 May 21-29
Source
General Synod. Minutes
Record Type
Act 49
Mover
Mrs. P. Creighton
Seconder
Bishop M. Bedford-Jones
Prologue
Moved by: Bishop V. Matthews
Seconded by: Mrs. E. Hutchinson
That this General Synod commend the statement on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide and its supporting documentation for use as a study paper throughout the Anglican Church of Canada; and request the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee to gather responses and report to the Council of General Synod in March, 1999.
Text
Amendment
That the resolution commence with the wording:
That, subject to further editing, this General Synod....CARRIED
The amended resolution was then put and - CARRIED Act 49
Notes
[The resolution now reads: That, subject to further editing, this General Synod, commend the statement on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide and its supporting documentation for use as a study paper throughout the Anglican Church of Canada; and request the Faith, Worship and Ministry Committee to gather responses and report to the Council of General Synod in March, 1999.]
Subjects
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Assisted suicide - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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General Synod 1998 : Anglicans approve report opposing euthanasia, assisted suicide

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official7129
Date
1998 May 28
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
1998 May 28
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
(MONTREAL ) May 28, 1998 -- The Anglican Church of Canada's chief governing body has endorsed a report which says the church cannot support euthanasia or assisted suicide.
The 300 members of the Anglican General Synod meeting here this week, commended the report which states that such practices represent a "serious failure of human community". The report will now go to Anglican churches across the country for study and response.
Bishop Victoria Matthews of Edmonton who proposed the motion, said the report was created to engage Christians in ethical and theological reflection relating to euthanasia and assisted suicide. Our purpose is not to try and tell the government how to act, but to help Anglicans become aware of the concerns surrounding these practices".
Bishop Matthews said Christians view life as a gift that is not ours to discard", and noted that every life must be considered in relation to those in the wider society.
The report states that the Christian response is always one of hope. "From this hope there arises the commitment to give all members of society, especially the most vulnerable, the assurance that they will be supported in all circumstances of their lives, that they will not have dehumanizing medical interventions forced upon them, and that they will not be abandoned in their suffering."
Although the report acknowledges that individuals on both sides of this issue hold genuine concern for the protection of human dignity, it states that euthanasia is likely to have different impact on different parts of society. "We are concerned about the impact that making euthanasia available would have on the elderly and the disabled. We are also concerned that women may be more severely impacted than men."
The report notes the Anglican church's long history of providing many forms of care and support for the dying, including palliative care and hospices which attempt to alleviate pain and maintain the dignity of life.
"Good medical practice sustains the commitment to care even when it is no longer possible to cure," the report says. "Such care may involve the removal of therapies that are ineffective and/or intolerably burdensome, in favor of palliative measures. We do not support the idea that care can include an act or omission whose primary intention is to end a person's life."
The report adds: "Our underlying commitment is that health care delivery as a whole should reflect the desire of Canadians to be a community that sustains the dignity and worth of all its members".
The resolution approved by General Synod asks that the report and supporting documents be circulated throughout the Canadian Anglican community and that responses be considered by next year by the Council of General Synod. The council meets in years when General Synod does not.
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Contact: Sam Carriere or Lorie Chortyk, General Synod News Room (514) 398-5192; Cell phones: (514) 953-7981 (Carriere) or (514) 953-8091 (Chortyk)
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (35th : 1998 : Montreal, Que.)
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Assisted suicide - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Church work with the terminally ill - Anglican Church of Canada
Hospices (Terminal care) - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
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General Synod 1998 : Euthanasia and assisted suicide a "failure of human community" Anglican report says

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/official7125
Date
1998 May 24
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Date
1998 May 24
Source
Anglican News Service
Record Type
Press release
Text
(MONTREAL ) May 24, 1998 -- Anglicans across the country will be asked to respond to a new report which says the church cannot support euthanasia or assisted suicide.
The report, which will be presented to the 300 members gathered for the Anglican Church of Canada's General Synod meeting here this week, states that such practices represent a "serious failure of human community".
"The Christian response is always one of hope," the report says. "From this hope there arises the commitment to give all members of society, especially the most vulnerable, the assurance that they will be supported in all circumstances of their lives, that they will not have dehumanizing medical interventions forced upon them, and that they will not be abandoned in their suffering."
Although the report acknowledges that individuals on both sides of this issue hold genuine concern for the protection of human dignity, it states that euthanasia is likely to have different impact on different parts of society. "We are concerned about the impact that making euthanasia available would have on the elderly and the disabled. We are also concerned that women may be more severely impacted than men."
The report goes on "We would further urge that the attempt to change the law and practice at a time when health services are being cut back and costs downloaded onto patients and their families is inappropriate."
The report notes the Anglican church's long history of providing many forms of care and support for the dying, including palliative care and hospices which attempt to alleviate pain and maintain the dignity of life.
"Good medical practice sustains the commitment to care even when it is no longer possible to cure," the report says. "Such care may involve the removal of therapies that are ineffective and/or intolerably burdensome, in favor of palliative measures. We do not support the idea that care can include an act or omission whose primary intention is to end a person's life."
The report adds: "Our underlying commitment is that health care delivery as a whole should reflect the desire of Canadians to be a community that sustains the dignity and worth of all its members".
General Synod delegates are to debate the report in the next few days.
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Contact: Sam Carriere or Lorie Chortyk, General Synod News Room (514) 398-5192; Cell phones: (514) 953-7981 (Carriere) or (514) 953-8091 (Chortyk)
Subjects
Anglican Church of Canada. General Synod (35th : 1998 : Montreal, Que.)
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Assisted suicide - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Bioethics - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Church work with the terminally ill - Anglican Church of Canada
Hospices (Terminal care) - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Public health - Canada
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How should we die ? : decision making at the end of life

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/catalog4703
Publication Date
1999
Material Type
Book
Location
General Synod Archives
Call Number
R 726 H8 H6 1999
Corporate Author
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of Huron. Doctrine and Worship Committee
Place
London ON
Publisher
The Doctrine and Worship Committee for the Diocese of Huron
Publication Date
1999
Physical_Description
76 p. ; 28 x 21 cm.
Material Type
Book
Notes
"Second Edition, February 1999". First edition published January 1998. -- verso of t.-p.
"Editors: John H. Chapman, Mark Gladding, Marion Jenkins, Dalice Sim." -- p. 3.
"Contributors: Cate McBurney, John Grant Morden, Dalice Sim, Alistair Weir". -- p. 3.
Includes bibliographical references.
"At our May 1996 Diocesan Synod, a motion was passed requesting the Doctrine and Worship Committee to prepare study materials to guide parish discussions on the issue of assisted suicide. The members of the committee have developed these materials as a response to this request as well as materials related to other issues that often arise at the end of life". -- p. 6.
Contents: Preface dated 19 January 1998 / John H. Chapman, Chair of the Doctrine and Worship Committee, Diocese of Huron -- A Message from the Archbishop / Percy [O'Driscoll] -- Notes for Facilitators -- How Should We Die ?: An Introduction to the Issues -- Session 1: What Decisions Can We Make ? : The Importance of Advanced Directives -- Session 2: How Do We Make Decisions for Others ? : Surrogate Decision Making -- Session 3: How Long Must We Continue ? : Making Decisions for and about Children -- Session 4: When Decisions Have to Be Made Now : The Emergency Situation -- Session 5: When Someone Asks for Help to Die : Assisted Suicide -- Additional Reading -- References -- Liturgical Resources.
Additional Reading section contains: Excerpts from the Special Senate Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide -- Euthanasia, Suicide and Assisted-Suicide in Church Tradition and in View of the Church's Traditional Teachings about Life-after-Death / John Grant Morden -- The New Testament Scriptures and Euthanasia / Alistair Weir -- What the World is Saying about Euthanasia : Excerpts from a paper presented to the Diocese of Huron, Doctrine and Worship Committee 1996 / Cate McBurney -- Conversation about Ethics with Tom Mabey.
Added Entry
Chapman, John H. (John Holland), 1954-
Gladding, Mark
Jenkins, Marion
Sim, Dalice A. (Dalice Audrey)
Mabey, Tom
McBurney, Cate
Morden, John Grant, 1925-2009
Weir, Alistair
Subjects
Death - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Terminal care - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Church work with the terminally ill - Anglican Church of Canada
Assisted suicide - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Life support systems (Critical care) - Moral and ethical aspects
Christian ethics - Anglican Church of Canada
Decision making - Moral and ethical aspects
Decision making - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Call Number
R 726 H8 H6 1999
Location
General Synod Archives
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How should we die ? : decision making at the end of life

http://archives.anglican.ca/en/permalink/catalog8565
Publication Date
1999
Material Type
Book
Location
General Synod Archives
Call Number
R 726 H8 H6 1999
Corporate Author
Anglican Church of Canada. Diocese of Huron. Doctrine and Worship Committee
Place
London ON
Publisher
The Doctrine and Worship Committee for the Diocese of Huron
Publication Date
1999
Physical_Description
76 p. ; 28 x 21 cm.
Material Type
Book
Notes
"Second Edition, February 1999". First edition published January 1998. -- verso of t.-p.
"Editors: John H. Chapman, Mark Gladding, Marion Jenkins, Dalice Sim." -- p. 3.
"Contributors: Cate McBurney, John Grant Morden, Dalice Sim, Alistair Weir". -- p. 3.
Includes bibliographical references.
"At our May 1996 Diocesan Synod, a motion was passed requesting the Doctrine and Worship Committee to prepare study materials to guide parish discussions on the issue of assisted suicide. The members of the committee have developed these materials as a response to this request as well as materials related to other issues that often arise at the end of life". -- p. 6.
Contents: Preface dated 19 January 1998 / John H. Chapman, Chair of the Doctrine and Worship Committee, Diocese of Huron -- A Message from the Archbishop / Percy [O'Driscoll] -- Notes for Facilitators -- How Should We Die ?: An Introduction to the Issues -- Session 1: What Decisions Can We Make ? : The Importance of Advanced Directives -- Session 2: How Do We Make Decisions for Others ? : Surrogate Decision Making -- Session 3: How Long Must We Continue ? : Making Decisions for and about Children -- Session 4: When Decisions Have to Be Made Now : The Emergency Situation -- Session 5: When Someone Asks for Help to Die : Assisted Suicide -- Additional Reading -- References -- Liturgical Resources.
Additional Reading section contains: Excerpts from the Special Senate Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide -- Euthanasia, Suicide and Assisted-Suicide in Church Tradition and in View of the Church's Traditional Teachings about Life-after-Death / John Grant Morden -- The New Testament Scriptures and Euthanasia / Alistair Weir -- What the World is Saying about Euthanasia : Excerpts from a paper presented to the Diocese of Huron, Doctrine and Worship Committee 1996 / Cate McBurney -- Conversation about Ethics with Tom Mabey.
Added Entry
Chapman, John H. (John Holland), 1954-
Gladding, Mark
Jenkins, Marion
Sim, Dalice A. (Dalice Audrey)
Mabey, Tom
McBurney, Cate
Morden, John Grant, 1925-2009
Weir, Alistair
Subjects
Death - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Euthanasia - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Terminal care - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Church work with the terminally ill - Anglican Church of Canada
Assisted suicide - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Life support systems (Critical care) - Moral and ethical aspects
Christian ethics - Anglican Church of Canada
Decision-making - Moral and ethical aspects
Decision-making - Religious aspects - Anglican Church of Canada
Call Number
R 726 H8 H6 1999
Location
General Synod Archives
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