Monday, February 4, 2013

Quebec Assisted Suicide advocate, Ginette Leblanc, dies of natural causes.

Ginette Leblanc
Ginette Leblanc, the woman who launched the court case in Quebec to strike down Canada's assisted suicide law, died of natural causes in her 50th year.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition offers condolences to the family of Ginette Leblanc as they grieve her loss.

Leblanc, who was living with ALS, hired a high profile recently retired human rights lawyer, René Duval, to challenge Canada's assisted suicide law. The case that was filed on October 31, 2011 claimed that Canada's assisted suicide law was unconstitutional. The case was scheduled to be heard in Trois Rivières Quebec from March 25 - 28, 2013.


The Toronto Sun reported Duval to have stated on Saturday that:
"Due to Leblanc's death the case is now closed"
The Leblanc case was nearly identical to the Rodriquez case that the Supreme Court of Canada decided in 1993 by a 5 - 4 margin that Canada's assisted suicide law was not unconstitutional.

However, Duval added a clause to the case that would have quietly legalized euthanasia in Canada.  The Leblanc case in Quebec.

Recently the Quebec government published the Menard report that established the direction that the Quebec government appears to be going in order to decriminalize euthanasia.

Quebec citizens should be very concerned that their government appears to be intent on decriminalizing along the lines of the "Belgian model."

When analysing the Belgian model of euthanasia it is clear that the definitions that are used and the system that is in place has led to significant abuses of euthanasia. 

EPC warns Quebecers to be careful for what you wish for.


The Carter case in British Columbia will be heard in Vancouver by the BC Court of Appeal from March 4 - 8, 2013. Let's hope that the BC Court of Appeal will strike down the disturbing decision by Justice Smith in the Carter case.

Gloria Taylor, the plaintiff in the Carter case in BC, who also lived with ALS, also died of natural causes in early October, even though Justice Smith had granted Taylor a constitutional exemption to die by euthanasia.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition launched the Declaration of Hope as a positive response to the human issues that lead to people requesting euthanasia or assisted suicide.

1 comment:

Ironsides said...

Again, another supporter of euthanasia under an umbrella of titles, died of natural-causes.--And she died with dignity, if the doctors managed her comfort properly.--Not trying to use her end-of-life stage to flex-their-muscles.

Because nurses and their assistants don't fully understand the history of what is going on with euthanasia as doctors do, long-term care residents and patients as well as acute-care patients need to appreciate the good workers.--And pay attention to suspicious behaviour.

Sleeper-cells are embedded in many places. However, it's important to not be "looking" for something.

Symptoms of real problems:

1. when staffers (nurses/assistants) ignore new patients/residents
2. refuse to help when asked to do something
3. ignore call-bell/ringer/buzzer repeatedly
4. complain to family visitors behind residents'/patients' back
5. nurses argue that they won't call the doctor (ICU), with the excuse that the nurse has the authority to decide if the doctor needs to be called.

example:

5. Two days in a row the same nurse did that to me, when I had a life-and-death emergency in the Royal-Victoria ICU in 2008.

He got real mad, stomped out of the room to get the vitals-equipment, and discovered that my blood-pressure was something around 180/168. He slammed the monitor into the wall, and nearly smashed the screen because I pointed at it.

He stomped-out to call the doctor, who came, and noticed I was over-due for a heart-attack.--And my lungs were flooded. He gave me Lazex, and hours later when I asked for more, the nurse accused me of damaging my own kidneys.

The same thing happened the next day, as if he never learned his lesson. Both days, the doctor miscalculated the dose needed of an IV-treatment. The second day, sure enough, when I was getting to the point I couldn't breathe, he yelled at me that I didn't need the doctor.

When I yelled back that when I die from the heart-attack, it would be his fault, not the doctor's, he stomped-out to again check my vital-signs. My blood-pressure was 203/175. Again, he slammed the monitor into the wall, and got the doctor.

When you experience real symptoms, then you know somebody has an interest in your death.

6. Your family is black-listed by the "scare-team". First, they convince whoever they can, that the patient/resident is confused and not competent to make their own decisions.

7. The parent or spouse who doesn't like what is going on, are black-listed. This is the case with an ALS patient here, for the past five years.

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