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B.C. court rules on doctor-assisted suicide case: Queen's University expert

2012-06-28

Queen’s University medical ethics expert Udo Schuklenk is available to talk about today’s B.C. Supreme Court decision involving five plaintiffs who asked the courts to overturn a ruling that makes it a criminal offence to help seriously ill people end their lives. A court decision is expected on today around 11:30 am Vancouver time (2:30 p.m. Toronto time).

Dr. Schuklenk chaired the Royal Society of Canada's expert panel drafting a report on end-of-life decision-making in Canada and came to the conclusion that euthanasia should be legalized.

“Canada should have a permissive, yet carefully regulated and monitored system with respect to assisted death,” says Dr. Schuklenk, a philosophy professor who holds the Ontario Research Chair in Bioethics.
He can also talk about the experiences of several U.S. states (Montana, Washington, Oregon) and countries (Holland, Belgium, Switzerland) that have legalized assisted suicide.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi (office: 613.533.6000 ext. 77513,michael.onesi@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (office: 613-533-2877, Anne.Craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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