Letters to the Editor – November 2011

Know Your Rights, Fight Forced Medicine

Dear Vitality Magazine: Thank you and Helke Ferrie for the review of Sarah’s Last Wish (Oct 2011). The behaviour toward Sarah on the part of the Australian courts, which essentially forced her to undergo surgery and chemotherapy, is appalling and disturbing. I hope everyone, including Australians, will read this book and learn what their own choices may be. Here in Canada the Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides for patient autonomy in almost every way, except in certain end-of-life matters. And yet the average Canadian and most health care agencies do not know about or understand these rights. Readers may visit https://www.dyingwithdignity.ca to learn about the choices and options each of us has in our ongoing treatment, as well as at the end of life. Unless we know our rights, we cannot take necessary action.

Know Your Rights, Fight Forced Medicine

Dear Vitality Magazine: Thank you and Helke Ferrie for the review of Sarah’s Last Wish (Oct 2011). The behaviour toward Sarah on the part of the Australian courts, which essentially forced her to undergo surgery and chemotherapy, is appalling and disturbing. I hope everyone, including Australians, will read this book and learn what their own choices may be. Here in Canada the Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides for patient autonomy in almost every way, except in certain end-of-life matters. And yet the average Canadian and most health care agencies do not know about or understand these rights. Readers may visit https://www.dyingwithdignity.ca to learn about the choices and options each of us has in our ongoing treatment, as well as at the end of life. Unless we know our rights, we cannot take necessary action.

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