Monday, 28 July 2014

Dr. Paul Saba to fight euthanasia in court

From Ville Marie Online,

Written by Deborah Rankin for VMO
Friday, July 18th, 2014

Dr. Paul J. Saba, a Quebec family physician who filed a lawsuit against Quebec's 'right-to-die legislation' in May along with co-plaintiff Lisa D'Amico, a handicapped person, is due to appear in Montréal Superior Court next week to discuss preliminary issues regarding the case, according to his lawyer Dominique Talarico.
The President of the Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice is warning parents that if the law isn't overturned, euthanasia will likely be extended to children and people with mental health problems, as is  already the case in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Noting that the Quebec Human Rights Commission has recommended that the controversial practice be extended  to minors, as well as vulnerable adults who are not apt to give informed-consent, Saba said that many "innocent persons" will die needlessly because of errors in diagnosis, poor prognosis, and lack of access to palliative care and adequate social services. In the case of an emancipated minor of 14 years of age or older, they could petition the courts to end their life, arguing that the current regime of "medical aid in dying" is discriminatory.
Dr. Saba said that the Quebec Government has turned a "deaf ear" to rational arguments in favor of a pre-determined agenda. "Euthanasia is not medical treatment," he stressed. "The Québec Government does not have the right to legislate euthanasia as a medical practice.
Euthanasia is against all the laws of this province and this country." 
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Thursday, 17 July 2014

New chairs bring smiles

Original Article by Melanie Tucker | |
An extra special donation to Trinity Dental Clinic in Maryville has the entire office smiling.
Last week, the nonprofit, nondenominational Christian ministry that provides dental care for those who are uninsured or under-served, was the recipient of two state-of-the-art dental chairs, thanks to a grant from Delta Dental of Tennessee. The chairs, which were made in Italy, are the first of their kind to be installed here in the U.S.
Philip Grace and Greg McCarter of Dental and Technology Specialists, did the installation.
The chairs these replaced were 30 years old, said Benalee Hutsell, office manager at Trinity. There are still two more of those antiquated chairs in use.