Friday, January 17, 2020

Canada poised to expand euthanasia law.

This article was published by OneNewsNows on January 17, 2020

By Charlie Butts

A spokesman for a non-profit organization that opposes euthanasia and assisted suicide says Canada has opened the gates to more death.

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Alex Schadenberg
Euthanasia has been available in Canada for people with a terminal illness, but a Quebec court has now abolished the "near death" requirement.
"By removing the terminal illness requirement, that means you can have euthanasia for physical or psychological suffering," explains Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. "I do believe this situation is going to be opening up the gates to far more deaths by euthanasia. At the same time, our euthanasia numbers have just been skyrocketing. So as much as we have seen this huge increase in euthanasia, they're only going to be opening the doors more."
Parliament is currently conducting a consultation, considering ideas to expand the practice even further to include psychological reasons such as depression. It could even affect anyone who is no longer mentally competent to agree to euthanasia, so Schadenberg is urging people to oppose expansion during the consultation.
"The reality of this whole thing is we need to reverse this whole trend of allowing killing, because what we've done in law is we've given physicians the right to kill their patients, and we've done so by also granting them pretty tight immunity from ever having to worry about prosecution," the Coalition spokesman submits.
The consultation ends January 27th, and the court has imposed a deadline of March 11th for the government to overhaul its euthanasia law.

1 comment:

Shucky said...

Perhaps the problem is is the conflict of interest and conscience in practicing the healing arts and terminating another's life. There should be practitioners whose only expertise would be in assisting the dying, healing professionals to healing only, with the ability to make referrals to such a specialist.

in much the same way that a nurse practitioner can refer a patient to an abortionist, while not herself giving the procedure.

if sturdy legislation were put into place, this would also prevent collusion between the death giver and family members, lawyers, powers of attorney, etc.