Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Euthanasia for depression to be debated in Canada

By Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Tara Brousseau-Snider
Canada's parliament will soon debate whether to euthanasia should be permitted for psychological suffering. 

The Supreme Court of Canada, on February 6, struck down Canada's assisted suicide law and used language that permits euthanasia. The Supreme Court did not define the terminology but it stated that an assisted death could be permitted for someone who has irremediable pain caused by physical or psychological suffering.

CBC Manitoba reported on an unnamed Winnipeg woman is pushing the issue by requesting a euthanasia based on psychological suffering. Tara Brousseau-Snider, executive director of the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba stated that woman who wants euthanasia said: "If it was in place, they'd apply for it."

Brousseau-Snide told CBC Manitoba that she is concerned about a law permitting euthanasia for depressed people.
"And I'm very concerned about this law. It's not a permission-giving thing. Governments should not mandate that if you're depressed, it's OK to kill yourself."
John Melnick told CBC Manitoba that:
"Let's just say I am glad it wasn't legal before now," said John Melnick, who's lived with depression for decades, and tried three times to kill himself. 
"Because if [physician-assisted death] was in place then, I likely would have tried to get one. And I wouldn't be here today." 
Melnick said thanks to a combination of therapies, he is today alive and well.
Whereas Queens University philosophy professor, Udo Schuklenk, said that he hopes euthanasia will be approved for depression.

Euthanasia based on psychological suffering is permitted in the Netherlands, Belgium and Québec. The 2014 Netherlands euthanasia report stated that there were 5306 assisted deaths with 41 assisted deaths for psychiatric reasons and 81 assisted deaths for dementia in 2014.

In 2015, euthanasia for psychiatric reasons included a healthy 63 year old autistic man who was depressed and felt that he had no reason to live and a healthy woman with tinnitus.

There were several controversial Belgian psychiatric euthanasia cases in 2015. 

In June, psychiatrist, Dr Lieve Thienpont approved the euthanasia death of Emily, a 24-year-old physically healthy woman who was living with suicidal ideation. The good news is that Emily decided to liveIn October the euthanasia death of Simona de Moor was done by Dr Van Hooy based on psychological suffering connected to the death of her daughter.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition rejects all forms of assisted death, especially lethal injections based on psychological suffering.


Alghul said...

They should make Euthanasia available for everyone, the life here that we live isn't for everyone. Its funny because the pro-life people would be against Euthanasia yet they are the same ones who don't give a flying crap about poor people etc. I sincernly want to leave this world because of personal things that have happened to me, I have been depressed for like 5-6 years now and its just getting worse to the point of anger. And in that anger I'm thinking certain thoughts about humans and the things they do to make others suffer like me. No one should be forced to stay in this world everyone should have the option to leave if they want to. If we can't even leave this world when we want to then that just goes to show you how corrupt the authority and society is and its pro-life people.

Alex Schadenberg said...

If you want to die so bad, why are you blaming us/me for the fact that you are living. Whether or not you want to die doesn't change the reality that when someone else has the right in law to kill you by lethal injection that there will be abuse of the law. Since we are talking about death, which is irrevocable, therefore legalizing euthanasia is not safe.

I personally think you need to seek the beauty and wonder in the world. There is so much to live for.

Alghul said...

Don't piss me off with that BS that there's beauty and wonder in this world, if it was up to me this world would have been destroyed long time ago. And yes you people are to blame because if you people understood certain things and what's really going on in this world you people would want to leave. But I'm stuck in a world with idiots who can't even think for themselves, its a damn good thing that I found a way out of this pitful world.