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.