Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Euthanasia advocates fund-raising for Saskatoon euthanasia clinic

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Euthanasia advocates are raising money to establish a euthanasia clinic in Saskatoon, a place that Jae Blakley, an assisted death advocate, has named Cider House.

Amanda Short, writing for the Saskatoon Star Phoenix, on September 7, 2019 reported:
Similar to hospice care, The Cider House would provide a homelike space for patients to access the procedure, staffed by either a doctor or nurse practitioner and a team of end-of-life doulas. 
Organizer Jae Blakley first started advocating for MAiD access when he was a care aide in the palliative unit of St. Paul’s Hospital.
One of the reasons Blakley wants to establish a euthanasia clinic is because the 15 bed hospice that is being built in Saskatoon is affiliated with St Paul's Hospital. Short reported:
However, according to a statement from the hospital, “Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) is not a service that is provided at St. Paul’s Hospital. 
“If someone is considering MAID, staff at St. Paul’s will compassionately care for and support them as they make their decision and facilitate their transfer to a facility where that service can be provided,” it added.
There are euthanasia clinics in British Columbia and the euthanasia lobby has announced its intention to establish a euthanasia clinic in Toronto. 

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