Saturday, March 14, 2009

Longer Psychiatric Assessment for man charged with assisted suicide

The Waterloo Record is reporting that Peter Fonteece will undergo a longer psychiatric assessment than first anticipated. Fonteece was charged with assisted suicide and criminal negligence causing death, in the death of his wife Yanisa.

Peter & Yanisa Fonteece were going from the Waterloo area to British Columbia to start a new life, when their car broke down in Thunder Bay. Several days later the police were called and Yanisa was found dead.

The first calls I received from the media were asking me questions concerning the law and attempting to use this story to create a precedent for changing the law prohibiting assisted suicide.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has not commented directly on the case because we lack the necessary information to make a proper comment.

Nonetheless, this case is not about a terminally ill woman who was killed by her husband for reasons of mercy or compassion.

Link to the article in the Waterloo Record:

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