The following letter was published in the Montreal Gazette on June 13.
Re: “Proposal sets out detailed conditions”
(Gazette, June 13)
It is my
understanding that in our province of Quebec and in the North American context,
the medical treatment and the level of care to assist the dying in their
suffering has never been better. Drugs, multidisciplinary teams and facilities
all assist those of us who are in the process of suffering and letting go of our
lives. It is hard, suffering is tough no one debates this.
is curious for me to see that today and in this context of high end palliative
care, the bill on “medical aid in dying” was proposed in the National Assembly
is considered as being a valid option offered by our medical institutions to our
most vulnerable people.
As a mental-health crisis intervention worker, I
would never “help someone die” even though their suffering is chronic and
unbearable. It is not what I do, and it is not what humans do to “care” for one
another. My role, our role; is to accompany each other in our suffering not
extinguish life. The problem is the suffering and the pain, not the life. Pretty
it up all you want: “medical aid in dying” is euthanasia.
Roth, MSW, PSWPointe-Claire