Articles by André Schutten
By André Schutten and Anna Nienhuis
February 9, 2021
As the Senate studies Bill C-7’s dramatic expansion of medical assistance in dying, Anna Nienhuis and André Schutten warn of a MAiD copycat effect on those tempted to suicide.
As the Senate continues its review of Bill C-7’s dramatic expansion of medical assistance in dying (MAiD), possibly proposing amendments before sending it back to the House of Commons, Senators should consider the evidence for copycat and coupling effects when it comes to suicide, and how that will likely impact MAiD The Supreme Court wrongly assumed that people facing suffering will choose another “violent or dangerous” method to end their life if doctor-assisted suicide was not made available
June 1, 2015
In striking down laws against physician-assisted suicide, the Supreme Court of Canada used the Charter of Rights to eviscerate 800 years of legal wisdom first captured in the Great Charter—or Magna Carta—and based on the immutable link between God and the rule of law.
The appellants, in their successful bid to strike down Canada's absolute prohibition on assisted suicide, argued not only that the prohibition violated the right to life, liberty and security of the person (protected under section 7 of the Charter) but also that it violated the section 15 equality r...
August 26, 2013
So, if Christian Horizons, as an effective institution doing good work at a good price, should nevertheless be banned from engaging in the work they do simply because they are a group of Christians (instead of a more nebulous, indistinct group), then what is the deeper implication of such a policy? ...
June 19, 2013
One need only look to religious schools, an obvious manifestation of the "false" public and communal type of religion outlined by Sullivan, to see how unaccommodating the Rest of Canada can be The accommodation of religion in the "Rest of Canada" is not that stellar ...
June 1, 2013
The Supreme Court’s recent ruling on hate speech could have been better — but it also could have been a whole lot worse, say Albertos Polizogopoulos and André Schutten.
Many free speech advocates were hoping that the Supreme Court of Canada would overturn its earlier decision in Taylor and strike out the hate speech provisions of the Code as being an unconstitutional violation of freedom of expression While the Criminal Code definition of "hate speech" in Keegstra ...