Friday, July 1, 2016

Do Not Kill Me: I oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide.

EPC offers three ways to protect you from euthanasia and assisted suicide.

1. EPC works with Compassionate Community Care (CCC), a service that offers practical advice and information for people when they or a loved one is: 
  • Being denied medical treatment or basic personal care, such as food and water; 
  • Has questions related to life-support measures; or 
  • Concerned that a loved one is being euthanized.

CCC plans to develop a community based model of support for people who are vulnerable to coercion into euthanasia and assisted suicide. Contact CCC at: 1-855-675-8749. 

2. The Life-Protecting Power of Attorney for Personal Care will protect you when you cannot make medical or personal care decisions for yourself.

This legal document enables you to appoint someone you trust to be your Power of Attorney for Personal Care. This document makes clear statements concerning euthanasia and assisted suicide and medical treatment options that you need when you are unable to make decisions for yourself such as receiving food and water unless you are actually nearing death.

EPC distributes the Life-Protecting Power of Attorney for $10
Contact us at: 1-877-439-3348 or

3. The Do Not Kill Me wallet card is available from EPC upon request or by donating to EPC. Sign the back of the card. 

EPC can send the Do Not Kill Me wallet card or Do Not  Kill Me T-shirts ($20) by calling:  1-877-439-3348 or email:

4 Membership in the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is $25 for an individual or $50 for a group. Pay for your membership by paypal, or call EPC at: 1-877-439-3348.


Certified HRA said...

Dear Alex: our Notary has told us that your Power of Attorney re. medical decisions would not apply in BC. The BC Representation Agreement Act 2000 (amended Sept. 2011) gives the right to a designated 'representative' to make decisions for an 'incapacitated' adult. The person with Power of Attorney does not have the right to make health care decisions. Could you explore this please

Anonymous said...

I believe that the form for the POA should just flatout say I DO NOT WANT COMFORT CARE or LETHAL MEDICINE or PAIN MEDICINE EVEN IF I AM CONSIDERED TO BE DYING. My dad had double pneumonia and did not want his breathing tube removed. I informed the respiratory tech and he ignored me, knowing what would happen to my dad. The nurse gave him morphine without telling us it was lethal. One must be specific in saying we do not want drugs administered even if considered dying because sometimes they are not dying and even if they are, they should not be murdered. Susan Fisher

Alex Schadenberg said...

Dear Susan:

It is terrifying to fear medical abuse, but I want pain medicine, if I need it, and I think it is reasonable not to fear being intentionally overdosed. The sad reality is that the more that abuse occurs the less trust of the medical system will exist.

Audrey Laferriere said...

In BC it is very complicated. There are two representation agreements: one is Section 7 and the other is Section 9.
Section 7 allows some attorney privileges pertaining to basic care.
Personally, I had a bad experience with the health authority in Vancouver.
Even though I had a lawyer write them a letter, the health authority just ignored the lawyer and me.
The health authority revoked my section 9 representation agreement by saying that I did not have my husband's best interest because I would not agree to a DNR being placed on him.
Forget about finding a lawyer to help you, the health authorities farm out most of their legal work to big firms so that they are in conflict. And smaller firms are not qualified to handle medical law as their resources are limited.