Pereira's Attack on Legalizing Euthanasia or Assisted Suicide: Smoke and Mirrors

19(3) Current Oncology 133

6 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2013

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Jocelyn Downie

Schulich School of Law & Faculty of Medicine

Kenneth Chambaere

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Jan L. Bernheim

VUB

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

In a paper published in Current Oncology, University of Ottawa palliative care physician Jose Pereira states that the, “laws and safeguards [in countries in which euthanasia or assisted suicide have been legalized] are regularly ignored and transgressed in all the jurisdictions, and that transgressions are not prosecuted.” He purports to demonstrate that the safeguards and controls put in place in the permissive jurisdictions are an “illusion.”

In the present paper, we expose problems with the evidence base provided and relied upon by Pereira. It should be noted that we provide only examples of each of the categories of mistakes made by Pereira. The original work contains more, but the examples given should suffice to demonstrate that Pereira’s conclusions are not supported by the evidence provided by him. We conclude that his paper should not be given any credence in the public policy debate about the legal status of assisted suicide and euthanasia in Canada and around the world.

Keywords: euthanasia, assisted suicide, slippery slopes, evidence, Netherlands, Belgium, Canada

Suggested Citation

Downie, Jocelyn and Chambaere, Kenneth and Bernheim, Jan L., Pereira's Attack on Legalizing Euthanasia or Assisted Suicide: Smoke and Mirrors (2012). 19(3) Current Oncology 133, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2286279

Jocelyn Downie (Contact Author)

Schulich School of Law & Faculty of Medicine ( email )

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9
Canada

Kenneth Chambaere

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) ( email )

Pleinlaan 2
http://www.vub.ac.be/
Brussels, 1050
Belgium

Jan L. Bernheim

VUB ( email )

Pleinlaan 2
http://www.vub.ac.be/
Brussels, 1050
Belgium

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