Saturday, March 31, 2018

We remember Terri Schiavo

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Terri with her mother.
Thirteen years ago, today, Terri Schiavo died of euthanasia by dehydration (slow euthanasia). Terri was not terminally ill, she only needed basic care, fluids, food and love to live. Her family wanted to provide her that care but her husband wanted her to die.

We remember Terri. Terri was directly and intentionally dehydrated to death. 

We will never forgot. 

Link to Terri Schiavo Life and Hope Network.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Opposition to assisted suicide is strong in the US.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

In 2017, there were 26 states that were challenged by assisted suicide campaigns and all 26 states rejected it. This year 25 states have had assisted suicide bills in their legislatures and as of now, only Hawaii has passed the bill. Yet the theme that the media is portraying is that the assisted suicide lobby is gaining momentum, yet in reality the opposite remains true.

But there is more to the story. Richard Doerflinger, with the Lozier Institute recently examined the assisted suicide data in the US. Doerflinger explains how assisted suicide bills have been overwhelmingly defeated but also 10 states have added or strengthened laws preventing assisted suicide since 1997. Doerflinger commented:
This map shows the 42 states that ban assisted suicide without exception -- ten of which passed new laws against it SINCE Oregon's law took effect in 1997. Three of these states passed new laws in the last year -- Alabama and Utah passed new bans, and Ohio added criminal penalties to its 2003 law allowing for civil penalties. Another 32 states have retained their older statutes or common law bans despite the assisted suicide movement's repeated attempts against those policies. Meanwhile, four states (and DC) have acted to follow Oregon's lead in the last 20 years. So which side is widely portrayed in the press as having big momentum?

In the past few months, assisted suicide has been defeated in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, while the South Dakota voter initiative failed to get the needed signatures and more importantly  Utah passed a bill criminalizing assisted suicide.

What has changed is the fact that the assisted suicide lobby is now working to expand assisted suicide laws. The Connecticut assisted suicide bill also legalized euthanasia. In Wisconsin and Massachusetts the assisted suicide bills require physicians to "do or refer", while the Delaware assisted suicide bill specifically approved people with disabilities.

Fabian Stahle, a researcher in Sweden, learned that the definition of "terminal disease" used by the Oregon Health Authority was wider than the regular definition of terminal disease and he confirmed that people who are chronically ill can be approved for assisted suicide in Oregon, even if they do not have a terminal disease when they refuse effective treatment.

The Oregon assisted suicide law, that all other assisted suicide bills are based upon, is designed to deceive.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

I want to live. Ontario refuses home care to terminally ill man.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

A few weeks ago, CTV news reported that Roger Foley, from London ON  launched a lawsuit stating that he was offered euthanasia (MAiD) but he was not being offered assisted life.
Foley, who lives with cerebellar ataxia, a degenerative neurological condition, requires home care for independent living. Foley was turned down by the government for Self-Directed Personal Support.
Last week Lighthouse News interviewed me about the Foley case. Here is what I said:
Foley is not in any way asking (for) or wanting Medical Assistance in Dying. What he wants is assistance in living.
What happened is that he was living in his apartment, and ...had problems with inappropriate things happening to him that actually had him put back in the hospital. So because he’s in this situation, he’s unable to leave the hospital until as he says “I can be assured that I have proper care in the home.”

The program is called “Self-Directed Personal Support Services Ontario.” And it does exist, but the government turned him down for that.
So what does the Foley's case state:
he’s making the argument “What if I want to live, and I’m not receiving the services that make it possible to enable me to live? And yet, they’re offering me assisted death. So they are offering me the "choice" of assisted death, or languishing in a hospital without the type of care that I would rather have.”

I then commented on the similarities with the Candice Lewis experience:
What’s also interesting is to bring this back to what happened to Candice Lewis in Newfoundland. Just to remind you, in 2016, soon after euthanasia was legalized in Canada, Candace was in hospital in Newfoundland. She was very sick; she was only 25 years old, but she was born with multiple disabilities, and the doctor was pressuring her and her family for euthanasia; so much so that the mother went to the CBC News.  
We have interviews with her through our social media and she is better now. But the fact is that this is the same sort of idea. You’re pressured towards euthanasia, and you’re not interested in euthanasia; what you want is the treatment and the care to allow you to get better.
The Foley and Lewis cases don't surprise me. People are being pressured to euthanasia or denied the care that they need to live because Canada decided that it is acceptable to kill people at the most vulnerable time of their lives. There will always be some abuse of the law. 

People who are living with vulnerable conditions need protection not lethal injection.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Defeat of Connecticut assisted suicide bill linked to strong disability advocacy.

This article was published by the disability rights group, Not Dead Yet on March 26, 2018.

Cathy Ludlum: Second Thoughts Connecticut.
Great news: The Connecticut assisted suicide bill died in committee. This follows a similar victory in Massachusetts. Thanks to everyone who effectively communicated the very real dangers that a public policy legalizing assisted suicide poses to older, ill and disabled people!

On March 20, Second Thoughts Connecticut members held a press conference and testified against an assisted suicide bill, HB 5417 at a joint Public Health Committee hearing. Channel 8 covered their testimony: ‘Aid in dying’ bill back before lawmakers. They also interviewed Cathy Ludlum and Elaine Kolb. NDY also submitted written testimony.

Although the major print media ignored the outspoken opposition of the disability community, despite their consistent presence and activism against these bills as they were considered the last few years, one very powerful letter to the editor by Second Thoughts member Joan Cavanagh was carried by the New Haven Register:

Physician-assisted suicide harms the poor, elderly and disabled
Once again, a bill in Connecticut legalizing physician-assisted suicide was the subject of discussion at a public hearing on Tuesday, March 20. This year, it is HB 5417, with the Orwellian name, “An Act Concerning End-of-Life Care.” The well-funded “Compassion and Choices” and Secular Coalition of Connecticut promoters of this bill are trying to rally all “liberals” behind it under the false banner of “choice,” claiming that its only opponents are the extreme religious right and the institutional Catholic Church. As always, they deliberately refuse to acknowledge the disability rights community activists, Second Thoughts Connecticut, and the peace and justice activists who have opposed these bills for years.

Second Thoughts Connecticut has led the opposition. They don’t just “represent” people whose lives are at risk because their health care is “too expensive.” They are those people. Articulate, determined, and resourceful, they have mobilized year after year to protect their own lives and right to choose. They have also given me courage, aNnd so, from my personal experience in trying to get my elderly mother, a Medicaid patient with dementia, the care she needed to stay alive, I have written, spoken, and testified against this legislation since 2013. (The New Haven Register published my Forum piece about this (, March 14, 2014.

We continue to clearly see these bills for what they are: another piece of the medical cost-cutting agenda that seeks to “ration” health care for the most vulnerable among us — the poor, elderly and disabled. As a life-long activist for peace and justice, it is beyond my understanding how anyone claiming human rights concerns could continue to advocate for this kind of legislation in the era of alt-right power, where the highest officials in our nation are slashing with impunity the most basic of our hard won, already inadequate, safety nets.

Joan Cavanagh
New Haven

Qualifying for euthanasia based on self-starvation in Canada

This article was published by National Review online on March 26, 2018
Wesley Smith
By Wesley Smith
Once a society embraces euthanasia consciousness, the ways one can qualify to be killed legally by a doctor continually expands.
Case in point: An ethics opinion by College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia decided that a patient — not otherwise eligible under current law for euthanasia — can become so by starving themselves into an irremediable medical condition. (Assisted-suicide ideologues push self-starvation — particularly targeting the elderly who want to die — under the acronym VSED, “voluntary stop eating and drinking.”)
Moreover, to assure that a patient will stick with VSED long enough to qualify for a lethal jab, a doctor may palliate the symptoms of starvation and dehydration to assist the patient in destroying their own vitality. Once accomplished, death becomes “foreseeable,” opening the door to what is euphemistically known as MAID in Canada, “medical assistance in dying.” (Death-advocates sure do love their acronyms!) From the Policy Options Politiques story (my emphasis):
This case put the question of whether patients can, by declining treatment or stopping eating and drinking, make themselves meet the criteria for a “grievous and irremediable medical condition,” squarely before the CPSBC. Can it be ensured that patients’ condition is incurable and their decline is advanced by refusing potentially effective treatment? Can patients make their death reasonably foreseeable by stopping eating and drinking? Can they access MAiD by voluntarily stopping eating and drinking? 
On February 13, 2018, an inquiry committee for the CPSBC  answered these questions with an unequivocal yes. The committee agreed that patients, even those seeking MAiD, have a right to refuse even potentially effective treatment and to refuse to eat and drink. Ms. S. met the criteria for MAiD “despite the fact that her refusal of medical treatment, food, and water undoubtedly hastened her death and contributed to its ‘reasonable foreseeability.’”
Canada has embraced a positive “right to die.” Once that Rubicon is crossed, the “protective guidelines” euthanasia advocates promise will protect the vulnerable are — presto chango — redefined as “obstacles” impeding access to a “good death” that a compassionate society must overcome.
Of course, VSED as the means to qualify for euthanasia is just a way station toward expanding eligibility standards overall. As the article points out, forcing patients who to starve themselves to qualify for the lethal jab will soon be viewed as “cruel.” At that point, the VSED part will be dropped so that the currently ineligible patient can be MAIDed (if you will) without the messy preliminaries.
Lest you think such an enabling will never happen here, an Oregon death bureaucrat opined recently that patients with treatable diabetes can qualify for assisted suicide simply by ceasing their insulin injections. Presto-chango, they become terminally ill and eligible for a lethal prescription!

And that, my friends, is how euthanasia advances from a supposedly rarely available “safety valve” when nothing but killing will relieve suffering, into essentially a right to death-on-demand for the physically sick, disabled, elderly “tired of life,” and mentally ill.
For those with eyes to see, let them see.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Alex Schadenberg comments on suicide activist, Philip Nitschke.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

A CTV News report by Avis Favaro explores the controversial assisted suicide activist, Philip Nitschke. Favaro interviewed Nitschke during his recent tour promoting suicide techniques and information. Nitschke sells suicide information and devices world-wide. Nitschke told Favaro:

"...Many of us, including myself, think death and dying is a right," he told the small crowd who gathered to hear him. 
Nitschke's controversial campaign has already played a role in ending at least one life in Canada: Adam Maier-Clayton. 
The 26-year-old suffered from intractable depression, anxiety and a condition called somatic symptom disorder, and campaigned for medically assisted death for those with mental illness. He couldn't obtain assistance in dying because his condition wasn't considered a terminal disease.
Favaro also interviewed me. Even though I had much to say in our half hour interview, Favaro reported:
But some watching Nitschke's crusade are alarmed, including euthanasia prevention advocate Alex Schadenberg. 
"The reality is that Phil is a very dangerous man," he says.
Schadenberg says Nitschke is really just a businessman preying on vulnerable people. 
"…He is providing information and selling it online; he is funding his whole campaign with that, and people are dying."
Nitschke is an incredibly dangerous man who makes money from selling suicide advice and devices.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Euthanasia lobby plans to open euthanasia clinic in Toronto.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The euthanasia lobby is planning to open a euthanasia clinic in Toronto and they have asked the Ministry of Health to provide the funding.

In an article by Kelly Grant published in the Globe and Mail, Shanaaz Gokool the chief executive officer of the advocacy group Dying With Dignity Canada, and a member of MAIDHouse’s startup board of directors states:
“It’s a unique project. It’s the only one of its kind in the country,”

“I think it will really meet the needs of people who – for whatever reason – don’t want to die at home, but want a safe space where their friends and family can gather with them when they’re having an assisted death.”
The Globe and Mail reports that the executive director expects MAIDHouse to relieve the problem of overcrowding in Toronto hospitals. Thomas Foreman told the Globe:
he hopes the province can be persuaded to finance the project because of the money and space it might save the Greater Toronto Area’s chronically overcrowded hospitals.
“Providing MAID in hospital is very expensive, very inefficient and not entirely patient- and family-friendly,” 
Another purpose MAIDHouse could serve would be to welcome patients who have been asked to leave hospitals or nursing homes that forbid assisted deaths, usually for religious reasons.
According to the Globe and Mail report, between June 2016 and January 2018 the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario said that there were 1,146 assisted deaths completed in Ontario with 52 per cent taking place in hospital. (Of the total assisted deaths, 224 were in Toronto.)

Coffin leaving Dignitas
suicide clinic in Switzerland
Ms. Taylor who co-chaired the provincial-territorial advisory group on physician-assisted dying is also among the organizers who met with provincial officials to discuss the plan for MAIDHouse.
“We pitched this to the province as a pilot project that could start in Toronto, but then perhaps be adopted in other regions,”  
“If they say no to any funding, we’re going to have to get out there and fundraise ourselves and then that’s just going to make it that much more of a distant realization.”
Ms Taylor supported euthanasia for everyone, including children, in the Provincial-Territorial advisory group report, but her involvement with MAIDHouse confirms her connections with the euthanasia lobby.

The Dignitas assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland has created much controversy over the years. Nearly all of the controversial euthanasia death in the Netherlands and Belgium are done at the euthanasia clinics.

The Ministry of Health already pays for euthanasia, it should not be providing extra funding to help the euthanasia lobby open a euthanasia clinic.

Massachusetts assisted suicide bills die a natural death.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Massachusetts State House.
ongratulations to the many people who are working in coalition to defeat assisted suicide in Massachusetts. 

The Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health decided to send assisted suicide bills H.1194, and companion bill S.1225 to a study committee, effectively causing the natural death of both bills for this legislative session.

Special mention goes to the disability rights groups,  Second Thoughts Massachusetts and Not Dead Yet and the Massachusetts Alliance Against Doctor-Prescribed Suicide.

John Kelly with Second Thoughts Massachusetts wrote a great article that was published in the Boston Globe explaining - Why the Massachusetts legislature must say NO to assisted suicide.

Massachusetts physicians were concerned that these assisted suicide bills would force them to "do or refer" for assisted suicide. A similar assisted suicide bill in Wisconsin, that also died a natural death, also contained a provision to force doctors to "do or refer" for assisted suicide. In May 2017, a Vermont court upheld physicians conscience rights after Vermont physicians were pressured to "do or refer" patients for assisted suicide.

The assisted suicide ballot measure was defeated in Massachusetts in November 2012.

Disability and the Opioid Crisis

By Amy Hasbrouck and Taylor Hyatt
Toujours Vivant - Not Dead Yet.

Register for the weekly Tourjours Vivant-Not Dead Yet Vlog at (Link).

This week, we’re talking about the “opioid crisis” and its impact on people with disabilities. For many people, the first picture that comes to mind when hearing the term “opioid crisis” is a person who, addicted to doctor-prescribed pain medication, dies of an overdose of that medication.

The current “opioid crisis” is just the latest go-round of the repeating cycle of anti-drug hysteria that has marked drug policy in North America for a century. Earlier cycles focused on alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, psychedelics, and, of course, opioids. Some features of the anti-drug hysteria cycle:

  • Exaggerating the numbers of addicts 
  • Prohibition measures are increased  
  • Drug prices rise and people commit crimes to get money to buy drugs.  
  • Drugs are mixed with other substances and new drugs are developed, resulting in more dangerous compounds and more deaths.  
  • Governments use high crime rates to justify increasing penalties for drug offenses and law enforcement budgets, instead of providing addiction treatment services. Poor people and people of colour bear the brunt of criminal penalties, social and economic hardship.  
  • Scare publicity (drug prevention slogans, urban legends and exaggerated claims of risk) draws attention to the targeted drug, rather than warning people away, thus making the drug more popular. 
  • Law enforcement and organized crime benefit from increased funding and higher profits.
  • Eventually someone figures out (or remembers) that these policies have never worked and cause more problems than they solve. The publicity is toned down, and the severe drug laws may or may not be repealed. 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Nebraska speaking tour, a great success.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Thank you to the organizers of the three day speaking tour that I just completed in Nebraska. The Nebraska legislature has rejected "Oregon model" assisted suicide bills in 2016 and 2017. Senator Ernie Chambers is vowing to bring the assisted suicide bill back again.

The organizer of the tour enabled interviews with two TV news segments. 

Here is the link to the video of the KLKN news report in Lincoln Nebraska. Here is the report:
Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition said many people who have been diagnosed with terminal illnesses are too emotionally distraught to know if asking a doctor to euthanize them is really the right thing for them--especially, he says, when their diagnoses were wrong. 
"You're taking somebody who's going through a down time in their life, when they're emotionally distraught by their situation," Schadenberg said. "And you're saying to them 'yes, you qualify for assisted suicide. We're going to help kill you.'" 
Schadenberg said there's no way to come back from a misdiagnosis when you've already died by assisted suicide. 
He said doctors should provide proper care and never be involved in causing someone's death. 
Schadenberg said Nebraska is one of 26 states that has debated assisted suicide. Sen. Ernie Chambers has introduced legislation in the past.
Alex Schadenberg is booking speaking engagements for the early summer and fall and we are encouraging groups and individuals to organize screenings of the Fatal Flaws film that will be released in May 2018.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Dutch prosecutor investigating assisted suicide group after 19-year-old dies.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The Netherlands public prosecutor has opened an investigation into an assisted suicide group that is counseling and providing a "suicide powder."

The assisted suicide group made headlines when a 19-year-old woman died by assisted suicide with the alleged involvement of this group. According to Reuters:
Prosecutors had been looking at the Final Wish cooperative since September... 
Final Wish made headlines last week when the father of 19-year-old Ximena Knol said on television the group should be shut down after his daughter’s suicide using a powder believed to be the same “Substance X” the association promotes.
Recently the public prosecutor in the Netherlands announced that they are investigating abuse of the euthanasia law in 4 assisted deaths in 2017.

According to the recently released 2017 euthanasia report, there were 6585 assisted deaths were reported in 2017, up another 8% from 6091 reported assisted deaths in 2016. 

The DutchNL news also reported that the number of assisted deaths for dementia or psychiatric reasons increased in 2017 to 169 people dying by euthanasia for dementia (3 were advanced dementia) and 83 people dying by euthanasia for psychiatric reasons.

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) (August 3, 2017) published a major Netherlands study titled: End-of-Life Decisions in the Netherlands over 25 years that uncovers abuse of the law that examined ending of life in the Netherlands. The study found that there were 7254 assisted deaths (6672 euthanasia deaths, 150 assisted suicide deaths, 431 terminations of life without request) in the Netherlands in 2015. Based on the data in the study 23% of all assisted deaths were not reported and 431 assisted deaths were done without request.

The death lobby is out-of-control in the Netherlands. Don't make the Netherlands mistake. Don't legalize euthanasia.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Connecticut assisted suicide bill would legalize euthanasia (homicide).

Please vote no on HB5417 which seeks to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia in Connecticut.

Dear Committee Member,

Nancy Elliott
My name is Nancy Elliott. I am a former 3 term New Hampshire State Representative who served on the Judiciary Committee where I studied bills having to do with assisted suicide. I have been made aware of some disturbing issues with HB5417. I would like to bring to your attention a provision of HB5417 in Section 15 of the bill that would legalize euthanasia.

Sec. 15. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2018) (a) Nothing in sections 1 to 14, inclusive, of this act or sections 16 to 19, inclusive, of this act authorizes a physician or any other person to end another person's life by lethal injection, mercy killing, assisting a suicide or any other active euthanasia.

The HB5417 states in section 15a that this bill does not authorize mercy killing or assisting a suicide, yet what the bill is authorizing is the exact definition of assisting a suicide, a mercy killing and as the bill rightly equates as active euthanasia. This double talk seems to be reassuring us that mercy killing, assisting a suicide and active euthanasia will not take place yet we know by the bills content that mercy killing, assisting a suicide and active euthanasia will take place and is in fact the intent of the bill.

(b) No action taken in accordance with sections 1 to 14, inclusive, of this act or sections 16 to 19, inclusive, of this act shall constitute causing or assisting another person to commit suicide [meaning active euthanasia] in violation of section 53a-54a or 53a-56 of the general statutes.

The bill states in section 15b again that no action taken will be considered causing or assisting a suicide. We know as already stated that the bill is the exact definition of causing and assisting a suicide. It further rightly defines assisting a suicide as active euthanasia. So if the act of assisting a suicide is legalized by this bill (but not allowed to be called that) then wouldn't active euthanasia also be legalized (but not allowed to be called that). You've heard the expression “a rose by any other name…”. Just because double talk is used to redefine this it does not change that this bill legalizes Assisted Suicide and by the bills own definition euthanasia.

(c) No person shall be subject to civil or criminal liability or professional disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, revocation of such person's professional license, for (1) participating in the provision of medication or related activities in good faith compliance with the provisions of sections 1 to 14, inclusive, of this act and sections 16 to 19, inclusive, of this act, or (2) being present at the time a qualified patient self-administers medication dispensed or prescribed for aid in dying.

Section 15c states that no person can be sued, held criminally liable nor professionally disciplined nor lose their license for doing what is the definition of assisting a suicide or the definition of euthanasia. This bill therefore legalizes euthanasia. It also does not provide for any liability of any person involved in said assisted suicide or euthanasia. I respectfully ask that you reject HB5417.

Nancy Elliott
Former 3 term NH State Representative
Chair – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition - USA

Friday, March 16, 2018

Canadian man threatened by assisted death.

By Adrian Rhodes

We learned on March 16 2018 that Roger Foley, a 42 year old man diagnosed with various illnesses, who is disabled, has been experiencing abuse in home care and substandard care in hospital.
Roger Foley
The hospital abused him by threatening to charge him for his daily care; they also ‘offered medical aid in dying’ (sic). Foley did not ask to die, yet the hospital suggested it as an apparently good idea. From the source article

‘…administrators have tried to discharge him (Foley) from Victoria Hospital, have threatened to charge him the non-OHIP rate of $1800 a day to stay in a room and offered to refer him for a medically assisted death.’
Sign the petition: I support Roger Foley's plea assisted life not assisted death (Link).

Canadian man wants assisted life not assisted death.

Sign the petition: I support Roger Foley's plea assisted life not assisted death (Link).

Roger Foley
Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

CTV News reported that Roger Foley, who lives with cerebellar ataxia, a degenerative neurological condition, has launched a lawsuit naming the London Health Sciences Centre and the Southwest Regional LHIN, stating that they are offering him assisted death (MAiD) but they are not willing to provide him with an assisted life.

CTV News reported Foley as stating:
a government-selected home care provider had previously left him in ill health with injuries and food poisoning. Unwilling to continue living at home with the help of that home care provider, and eager to leave the London hospital where he’s been cloistered for two years, Foley is suing the hospital, several health agencies and the attorneys general of Ontario and Canada in the hopes of being given the opportunity to set up a health care team to help him live at home again -- a request he claims he has previously been denied.

“I have no desire to take up a valuable hospital bed,” Foley explained. “But at this point, it’s my only option.”
Foley has been offered euthanasia (MAiD), but Foley does not want to die - he simply wants to live at home. CTV News reported:
“I have been given the wrong medications, I have been provided food where I got food poisoning, I’ve had workers fall asleep in my living room, burners and appliances constantly left on, a fire, and I have been injured during exercises and transfers, When I report(ed) these things to the agency, I would not get a response.” 
“Unfortunately, the Ontario health-care system and the Ontario home-care system has broken my spirit and sent my life into a void of bureaucracy accompanied by a lack of accountability and oversight,”  
Foley has asked to manage his own home care team. Doing that is called “self-directed care,” and Ontario recently created an agency called Self-Directed Personal Support Services Ontario (SDPSSO) to help co-ordinate such activities. 
“I need self-directed funding in order to return to my home, I need to be able to hire my own workers to build my (home) care to work with me”
Foley's lawyer, Ken Berger, doesn't understand why they have not offered a solution for Foley. Berger stated:
the only two options offered to him have been a “forced discharge” from the hospital “to work with contracted agencies that have failed him” or medically assisted death. Refusing to leave the hospital and unwilling to die by a doctor’s hand, Foley claims he has been threatened with a $1,800 per day hospital bill, which is roughly the non-OHIP daily rate for a hospital stay. 
Foley’s statement of claim also alleges that his Charter rights “to life, liberty and security of the person” were violated when he was offered the above options without being given the chance to create a “safe and available self-directed assisted care option that would substantially alleviate his irremediable and intolerable suffering.”
Sign the petition: I support Roger Foley's plea assisted life not assisted death (Link).

 The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition supports Foley's case and all others who require assisted living not "assisted death." We believe in caring for people, not killing.