Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
CTV W5 produced an exposé on the Rasouli case and other cases where the doctors have unilaterally and without consent decided to withdraw treatment from a patient.
The Rasouli case is heading to the Supreme Court of Canada to decide - "Who has the right to decide." The doctors are claiming that they have the unilateral right to withdraw life-sustaining treatment from a patient without consent of the patient or the substitute decision maker, who are usually the family.
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition successfully intervened at the Ontario Court of Appeal in the Rasouli case. We argued before the three judge panel that withdrawing life-sustaining treatment represented a change in the "treatment plan" and according to the Ontario law, consent is required in order to change the "treatment plan."
When reading the unanimous decision of the Ontario Court of Appeal it is clear that they agreed with the position of EPC when they stated that consent is required before life-sustaining treatment can be withdrawn.
The W5 examined the issues concerning - who legally has the right to decide to withdraw life-sustaining treatment. It was interesting that the doctors and the hospital were unwilling to make any comments on the show.