"[Liberalism] is an ethos that aims simultaneously at political and social collectivism on the one hand, and moral anarchy on the other. 
It cannot win, but it can make us all losers."
by Irving Kristol
in an essay, "My Cold War," 1993
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Barbara Kay: Beware euthanasia’s friendly face

Posted on 2014-11-19 06:30:36

Comfort and palliative care should be available to anyone for whom death is an approaching certainty, especially when technological intervention and sustenance is not only futile, but a source of further anguish in itself. Right now, though, palliative care is accessible to less than a third of the population. And in Quebec, if Bill 52, the proposed law to decriminalize euthanasia, comes into force — it passed a “vote in principle” last month in the National Assembly, 84-26, so is well on its way — interest in funding research, beds and training for palliative-care departments is likely to wane. This, to me, is the most troubling aspect of our culture’s fixation on assisted suicide and euthanasia as the only route to “death with dignity.” In general, even intelligent and educated people have rather fuzzy notions about euthanasia (which is not assisted suicide, though many people conflate the two). The only reason the Quebec government is calling euthanasia “medical aid in dying” is that they believe it creates an end run around the Criminal Code, which proscribes the killing of patients by doctors. But euthanasia <ITAL>is</ITAL> killing by doctors: Surveys show 60% of Quebecers do not realize the bill provides for death by lethal injection, just like the death penalty in the U.S. — and euphemisms do not change that. RelatedGraeme Hamilton: Air thick with self-congratulation as Quebec votes to legalize euthanasiaQuebec’s legislature unites behind a euthanasia bill that divides many with debilitating illnesses There is only one form of medical treatment that can accurately be described as “medical aid in dying,” and that is palliative care. Which is why palliative care doctors, as well as many family physicians, are almost as appalled by the wording of the bill as they are by euthanasia itself. I had the opportunity to appreciate the extent of their anger two weeks ago when I attended a fundraising dinner in Montreal devoted to Bill 52. The event........

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Barbara Kay: How utterly irrational faith-based global-warming theory is In an April 30 article, “Climate change and health: Extreme heat a ‘silent’ killer, Globe and Mail reporter Karen McColl...


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Barbara Kay: Beware euthanasia’s friendly face

Posted on 2014-11-19 06:30:36

Comfort and palliative care should be available to anyone for whom death is an approaching certainty, especially when technological intervention and sustenance is not only futile, but a source of further anguish in itself. Right now, though, palliative care is accessible to less than a third of the population. And in Quebec, if Bill 52, the proposed law to decriminalize euthanasia, comes into force — it passed a “vote in principle” last month in the National Assembly, 84-26, so is well on its way — interest in funding research, beds and training for palliative-care departments is likely to wane. This, to me, is the most troubling aspect of our culture’s fixation on assisted suicide and euthanasia as the only route to “death with dignity.” In general, even intelligent and educated people have rather fuzzy notions about euthanasia (which is not assisted suicide, though many people conflate the two). The only reason the Quebec government is calling euthanasia “medical aid in dying” is that they believe it creates an end run around the Criminal Code, which proscribes the killing of patients by doctors. But euthanasia <ITAL>is</ITAL> killing by doctors: Surveys show 60% of Quebecers do not realize the bill provides for death by lethal injection, just like the death penalty in the U.S. — and euphemisms do not change that. RelatedGraeme Hamilton: Air thick with self-congratulation as Quebec votes to legalize euthanasiaQuebec’s legislature unites behind a euthanasia bill that divides many with debilitating illnesses There is only one form of medical treatment that can accurately be described as “medical aid in dying,” and that is palliative care. Which is why palliative care doctors, as well as many family physicians, are almost as appalled by the wording of the bill as they are by euthanasia itself. I had the opportunity to appreciate the extent of their anger two weeks ago when I attended a fundraising dinner in Montreal devoted to Bill 52. The event........

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