An article in the Vancouver Sun reported on the family of Margaret Bentley (82) that have launched a lawsuit against Fraser Health and the BC government concerning the fact that Bentley is being spoon fed at the Maplewood Care Facility in Abbotsford BC against the wishes of the family and allegedly against the previously stated wishes of Bentley.
This court case will determine: whether or not feeding someone with a spoon is providing a "basic necessary of life" or whether it constitutes medical treatment that must be withheld upon request or it becomes an assault and battery?
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition recognizes that all Canadians have the right to have treatment withdrawn or withheld, but food and fluids provided by normal means, such as a spoon, constitutes basic care and not medical treatment.
This case will also determine whether or not someone, who signed a document years earlier, will have the right to change their mind. Schadenberg stated:
If Bentley, who willingly opens her mouth and swallows is denied food and fluids, that this is a denial of basic care. The article states that Bentley prefers desert, meaning that she enjoys food and she can distinguish between food types.Schadenberg also stated that:
Withholding food and fluid from Bentley will cause her to intentionally die of dehydration, a death which is not compassionate or comfortable.The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition recognizes that:
Elder abuse is a growing problem in Canada, and giving health care providers and families the right to deny people basic care will only lead to new paths for abuse.The article in the Vancouver Sun stated:
Spokespeople for the government and Fraser Health said late Tuesday they wouldn’t comment on the case since it’s now before the court. But previously, Fraser Health official Keith McBain said health care workers are “obligated to provide the necessities of life for patients … that includes food and fluids.”Fraser Health contends that patients can refuse feeding tubes but spoon feeding is different and does not fall into the category of heroic or extraordinary life-saving measures. ... All people who require assisted feeding would be negatively impacted if the BC court declares that the provision of food and fluid, by spoon, constitutes battery.
Consider the effect that this court decision could have on cases such as the woman who wanted to end the lives of her disabled adult children, by euthanasia, that was featured on the Dr. Phil show on April 13, 2012.
If this case is successful, people will lose the right to change their mind.
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