Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Qualifying for euthanasia based on self-starvation in Canada

This article was published by National Review online on March 26, 2018
Wesley Smith
By Wesley Smith
Once a society embraces euthanasia consciousness, the ways one can qualify to be killed legally by a doctor continually expands.
Case in point: An ethics opinion by College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia decided that a patient — not otherwise eligible under current law for euthanasia — can become so by starving themselves into an irremediable medical condition. (Assisted-suicide ideologues push self-starvation — particularly targeting the elderly who want to die — under the acronym VSED, “voluntary stop eating and drinking.”)
Moreover, to assure that a patient will stick with VSED long enough to qualify for a lethal jab, a doctor may palliate the symptoms of starvation and dehydration to assist the patient in destroying their own vitality. Once accomplished, death becomes “foreseeable,” opening the door to what is euphemistically known as MAID in Canada, “medical assistance in dying.” (Death-advocates sure do love their acronyms!) From the Policy Options Politiques story (my emphasis):
This case put the question of whether patients can, by declining treatment or stopping eating and drinking, make themselves meet the criteria for a “grievous and irremediable medical condition,” squarely before the CPSBC. Can it be ensured that patients’ condition is incurable and their decline is advanced by refusing potentially effective treatment? Can patients make their death reasonably foreseeable by stopping eating and drinking? Can they access MAiD by voluntarily stopping eating and drinking? 
On February 13, 2018, an inquiry committee for the CPSBC  answered these questions with an unequivocal yes. The committee agreed that patients, even those seeking MAiD, have a right to refuse even potentially effective treatment and to refuse to eat and drink. Ms. S. met the criteria for MAiD “despite the fact that her refusal of medical treatment, food, and water undoubtedly hastened her death and contributed to its ‘reasonable foreseeability.’”
Canada has embraced a positive “right to die.” Once that Rubicon is crossed, the “protective guidelines” euthanasia advocates promise will protect the vulnerable are — presto chango — redefined as “obstacles” impeding access to a “good death” that a compassionate society must overcome.
Of course, VSED as the means to qualify for euthanasia is just a way station toward expanding eligibility standards overall. As the article points out, forcing patients who to starve themselves to qualify for the lethal jab will soon be viewed as “cruel.” At that point, the VSED part will be dropped so that the currently ineligible patient can be MAIDed (if you will) without the messy preliminaries.
Lest you think such an enabling will never happen here, an Oregon death bureaucrat opined recently that patients with treatable diabetes can qualify for assisted suicide simply by ceasing their insulin injections. Presto-chango, they become terminally ill and eligible for a lethal prescription!

And that, my friends, is how euthanasia advances from a supposedly rarely available “safety valve” when nothing but killing will relieve suffering, into essentially a right to death-on-demand for the physically sick, disabled, elderly “tired of life,” and mentally ill.
For those with eyes to see, let them see.

2 comments:

Paul Anderson said...

It would be a relatively small adjustment to include patients who have Anorexia Nervosa. Even certain patients who simply refuse particular kinds of treatment options might be described as choosing what, in the physicians' view, is injurious to the patient's health and which therefore represents a sort of death wish.

Cam 76 said...

Not all medications or treatment options are efficacious, helpful, or without side effects. In fact, many do little or make the patient worse long term, artificially prolonging life and suffering. Patients shouldn’t be refused palliative care during VSED or MAID because of prior refusal to use medication. That would be inhumane.

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