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Government to appeal B.C. assisted suicide case: Queen's University expert

2012-07-26

Queen’s University medical ethics expert Udo Schuklenk is available to talk about today’s announcement that the federal government will fight the B.C. Supreme Court decision that decriminalizes assisted suicide for seriously ill people. The B.C. decision was announced on June 28.

Dr. Schuklenk, who is in favour of assisted suicide, says that it comes as no surprise that Ottawa plans to appeal this decision.

“I think many people felt that this issue would go to a higher court, as it is an issue that will have an impact all over Canada,” says Dr. Schuklenk, a philosophy professor who holds the Ontario Research Chair in Bioethics.

Dr. Schuklenk was the head of a Royal Society of Canada study that examined end-of-life issues. 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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