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Anticipating the new assisted suicide legislation – what will it mean and who will it impact?


WHEN: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at 11:00am EST

WHAT: Our expert will give a brief background on the issues of assisted suicide and euthanasia and an assessment of the possible implications of the soon-to-be introduced legislation followed by your questions.

The federal government will likely release its much anticipated assisted suicide legislation in the coming days. Canadian Physicians for Life is providing an opportunity for members of the media to have their questions answered by Dr. Will Johnston, a Canadian physician and longtime spokesperson on end-of-life issues. 

Dr. Johnston will speak for 5 minutes to provide background information, and will then take questions. Some issues that will be addressed:
  • How will the change in law affect patient care?
  • What is the importance of preserving the conscience rights of physicians who object to engaging in assisted suicide?
  • What are the unforeseen consequences?

WHO: Dr. Will Johnston

Will Johnston practises full service family medicine and obstetrics. He is the Chair of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition of BC and President of Canadian Physicians for Life. After first working in emergency rooms, he started a family practice in Vancouver in 1985. This practice continues to provide the real life context to his conviction that killing people of any age or size will always be the wrong way to solve problems.

He is a much sought after speaker and commentator on the matters of euthanasia and assisted suicide. The following are sample of recent commentary on the issue:
Canadian Physicians for Life promotes the public awareness of and professional adherence to the time-honoured Hippocratic medical tradition on behalf of thousands of practicing physicians, retired physicians, medical residents, and students dedicated to building a culture of care, compassion, and life.
 
HOW: By Telephone, PC or Smartphone
  • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/839521533
  • Or iPhone one-tap:16475580588,839521533#
  • Or Telephone: Dial: +1 647 558 0588 (Canada Toll) - Meeting ID: 839 521 533
  • Can't join the meeting? Call 613-728-5433 for assistance.                                     
RSVP/QUESTIONS: Media Point of Contact: Nick Zahn. Email: mediarequests@physiciansforlife.ca, Phone: 613-728-5433. RSVPs appreciated.

Canadian Physicians for Life seeks to promote public awareness of and professional adherence to the time-honoured Hippocratic medical tradition, which affirms the inviolability of every human life.

Founded in 1975, we are a non-profit, charitable organization of Canadian physicians dedicated to the respect and ethical treatment of every human being, regardless of age or infirmity. We are pro-life physicians, retired physicians, medical residents, and students dedicated to building a culture of care, compassion, and life.

Copyright (c) 2016 Canadian Physicians for Life. All rights reserved.

Our contact information is:
PO Box 65136, RPO Merivale
Nepean, Ontario, K2G 5Y3
Canada

Phone Local: 613.728.LIFE(5433)
Phone Toll-Free: 1.855.239.0622
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