Assisted-dying Laws Compared
Physician-assisted dying is a lively issue these days. There’s the new Quebec law, and there’s the proposed Canadian law. There’s also the Oregon law. Oregon was the first jurisdiction in North America to legalize physician-assisted suicide in 1994.
Each one of these laws is different. How do they compare? Their main points will be explained in an information session this week, one in Magog on Wednesday, and one in North Hatley on Friday.
Participants will receive written information about the various laws, and will see an acclaimed documentary called How to Die in Oregon. It was the 2011 Grand Jury Prize Winner in the Sundance Film Festival. It gently enters the lives of several terminally ill persons as they consider whether and when to end their lives by lethal overdose. Filmmaker Peter Richardson examines all sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue.
Joining the workshops by Skype will be a representative from Dying with Dignity Canada to answer questions about the new and proposed laws.
The Assisted Dying workshop will be this Wednesday at 10 a.m., at the Memphremagog Community Learning Centre, Princess Elizabeth School, 120 Bellevue, Magog. (Enter by Door No. 3 from the parking lot and press the CLC Room buzzer.)
On Friday, May 20, the same workshop will be offered at 10 a.m. at UUEstrie, 201 Main Street in North Hatley, in the lower level of the little white church.
Both presentations are part of the Happy Endings series offered by UUEstrie, and are free of charge. All are welcome; no pre-registration is required. For more information, see www.uuestrie.ca, or call 819-842-4146.
AThe award-winning documentary, How to Die in Oregon, will be shown at a workshop on Assisted Dying on Wednesday in Magog and Friday in North Hatley.