Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Canadian Palliative Care Doctor speaks out against legalizing euthanasia in New Zealand

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

Dr Leonie Herx
Dr Leonie Herx, the President of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, spoke out against the legalization of euthanasia in a debate, yesterday, concerning the End of Life Choices bill that is being debated in New Zealand.

A report by Don Satherley published by Newshub reports that Herx urged New Zealander not to legalize euthanasia. Her arguement was based on her experience with euthanasia in Canada. Satherley reports:

Euthanasia has been legal in Canada since 2016, where it's known as medical aid in dying, or MAID. Since then about 8000 have chosen to end their lives this way, Dr Herx says, making up around 1.5 percent of all deaths.
Herx explained that expanding euthanasia is already being pushed. Satherley reported:
"We've had a Superior Court Justice who's said the reasonably foreseeable death clause does not apply - so prognosis is not to be a factor. So anyone with chronic disease, osteoarthritis for example, have been given permission to be euthanised. The Government mandated a taskforce to look at extending the criteria to including mental health."

The Canadian law currently states that their natural death has to be "reasonably foreseeable", ruling out conditions like osteoarthritis and mental health.

It also states they have to be at least 18, but Dr Herx suspects that's about to change.

"The largest children's hospital in Canada - the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children - has already published their guidelines on how euthanasia will occur for mature minors. It includes if the child says they don't want the parent to know, the parent will be informed the child has died after they've received euthanasia."

Dr Herx also says there is discussion on whether to allow advance directives for euthanasia, eg. a person pre-approving their death if they're one day diagnosed with Alzheimer's or dementia and no longer considered sound of mind.
Dr Herx explained that Canadians did not expect to have this experience with euthanasia.
"These are the types of problems that I don't think anyone expected in Canada. It seems you could put a nice fence around it, but once you let the genie out of the bottle, unfortunately you can't put it back in."

"The reality on the ground is very different than this rosy picture that has been portrayed... Learn from Canada's mistakes."
Dr Herx has been working in palliative care for more than 10 years and has become one of Canada's leading palliative care physicians.

6 comments:

Unknown said...

Thank you for speaking out Dr, Herx

Els said...

Thank you for speaking out against euthanasia Dr Herx, I'm a retired nurse who cared for many palliative patients that died with loving care and dignity when it was their time. I am speechless that they are considering that children may be able a decision about being euthanized without involving the parents! As a parent and now grandparent a can't imagine how devastating that news would be!

Kay Olson said...

Thank you, Dr. Herx.

Mary said...

As Canadians we need to wake up to what this government is willing to do to expand the 'rights' under the MAiD agenda. Dr. Everett Koop, former Surgeon General of the USA predicted this slippery slope starting with abortion.
We need to start speaking out as Christians and other faith communities to say we will not tolerate this erosion of the value placed on human life. In our country the life of animals is valued more than humans.
This needs to be an issue in the next election.
As an aging Canadian I can only imagine what the next step is when I become old and infirm and am perceived as being a drag on health care dollars.
We need to be very afraid ! And we need to speak out !

Wieslawa Derlatka said...

Thanks for speaking about horror of MAID. I am very disappointed with majority of Canadian physicians which can"t and wont take the stand against MAID

M DEAKIN said...

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO PARENTAL RIGHTS IN PROTECTING MINORS,EVEN FROM THEMSELVES?

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