An update on the Carter Case in Canada from EPC head, Alex Schadenberg:
Today, Justice Jo-Ann Prowse upheld the decision by Justice Smith in the Carter case granting Gloria Taylor a constitutional exemption to be killed by euthanasia or assisted suicide.
|Paul & Alex in Adelaide SA|
* Link to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC) media release:
* On June 15, Justice Smith made her decision in the Carter case in BC. Smith decided to:
1. Legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide by overturning Canada's laws that protect people.
2. Order parliament to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide by June 15, 2013.
3. Granted Gloria Taylor, one of the plaintiffs a constitutional exemption to die by assisted suicide.
* On July 13, the Canadian government appealed the decision and its effects. On August 3, Justice Prowse heard the Crown's motion of a stay of the Constitutional Exemption.
* Today (August 10) Justice Prowse released a decision upholding the constitutional exemption granting Gloria Taylor death by assisted suicide but reversing the order of parliament to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide by June 15, 2013. Justice Prowse also informed us that the appeal of the Carter decision will be heard from March 4 - 8, 2013.
EPC intervened in the Carter case at the trial level and we intend to intervene in the Carter case at the BC Court of Appeal.
Donations to the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition can be made at: http://www.euthanasiaprevention.on.ca/Donations.htm
* The decision to uphold the constitutional exemption for Gloria Taylor to die by assisted suicide is concerning because it gives the power over life and death to a judge. EPC is concerned that this decision has, created a regime whereby a judge can determine who lives and who dies in Canada.
* EPC is asking the Government of Canada to appeal the decision of Justice Prowse.
* It is inconceivable that a judge can order death by assisted suicide for Gloria Taylor, which is prohibited by the criminal code, after parliament overwhelmingly rejected assisted suicide in April 2010 by a vote of 228 to 59, and after the Supreme Court of Canada decided in 1993 that Canada's assisted suicide was constitutional.