As­sisted-dy­ing Laws Com­pared

Stanstead Journal - - LENNOXVILLE NEWS - Rachel Gar­ber Spe­cial Col­lab­o­ra­tion North Hathey

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.

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