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B.C. assisted suicide court case

2011-08-05

Queen’s University professor and medical ethics expert Udo Schuklenk is available to talk about the B.C. group that is going to court today to start what is expected to be a long legal fight for the right to assisted suicide.

Dr. Schuklenk is currently heading an expert panel for the Royal Society of Canada and preparing a public report on key aspects of end-of-life issues, including voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide.

Dr. Schuklenk cannot discuss his personal opinions on the B.C. case, but can talk about how things have changed in the 20 years since the Sue Rodriguez case and the evidence that has come to light since that time, and whether or not the debate should be re-opened. He can also talk about public opinion, which Dr. Schuklenk feels is shifting towards a more permissive regime (provided the necessary safety and security mechanisms are in place).

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

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