Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Pressured to die by assisted death.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Candice Lewis
Candice Lewis recently died a natural death.

In August 2016, Candice Lewis, who was 25, while receiving treatment at the hospital was pressured by a doctor to "request" an assisted death.

No one questions that Candice was very sick at the time, but as Candice's mother told CBC news, the doctor pressured her to request physician-assisted death. The article stated:

"His words were 'assisted suicide death was legal in Canada,'" she told CBC. "I was shocked, and said, 'Well, I'm not really interested,' and he told me I was being selfish."
Kevin Dunn interviewed Candice and her mother Sheila for the Fatal Flaws film. (Link to purchase Fatal Flaws) During the interview Sheila said:
Not once did she say to them, "I want to end my life." The doctor came in the next day after he told me about assisted suicide, stuck his face down in Candice's and said, "Do you know how sick you are?" When I got his eye contact we went out in the hallway and I told him, "Don't you ever pull something like that again."

How many situations, similar to Candice Lewis have occurred in Canada and either died by lethal injection or were so shocked by the experience of being pressured that they will not speak about it?

I have received emails and calls about people being pressured to die by MAiD. Recently I received this email from a care-giver stating:

Several weeks ago, in the space of a two week time period, I was made aware of four instances in which nursing staff [in hospitals] ... seemed to be initiating discussion of MAiD with family/friends, and, in the last instance, a patient, without any apparent prior reference to MAiD on the part of the patient.
During my Vancouver Island speaking tour, a man told a group how his mother, who required dialysis, was urged by healthcare "professionals" to ask for MAiD (euthanasia). He said that if he had not spoken to his mother, she may have died by euthanasia.

At the next talk a woman came up afterwards and shared that her father, who had significant health issues, was urged by healthcare "professionals" on several occasions to consider MAiD (euthanasia).

It appears that many doctors and nurses are urging patients to ask for MAiD.

This type of pressure, at the most vulnerable time in a person's life, will lead some people, who would never have otherwise considered death by lethal injection, an option. In fact, it is likely that many people have died by euthanasia after being urged by a doctor or a nurse to do so.

If you have a story or a concern, please share it. Knowledge and awareness will help others to resist euthanasia when they are pressured.

I urge you to be involved in the lives of those who you know and care for. When someone is pressured by a doctor or nurse to ask for an assisted death, you can make a difference in their lives by saying - NO, I care for you, I will not abandon you. 

Euthanasia is not the answer.

1 comment:

BB said...

I pray for comfort for Candice's mother in her loss. I believe there are doctors who given the opportunity would 'put down' a great number of their patient's and people should know who they are so they don't go to them. I had a similar experience as a young, single woman, but it was involving abortion. When I found out I was pregnant, my sister-in-law recommended her doctor who delivered my nephew. I was a very quiet and shy person then, so when I went to him and he told me I should abort my baby, I just said I didn't want to do that. He finished the exam and when I went out to pay and asked for my next appointment, the nurse said she was sorry but the doctor didn't want me for a patient. I was shocked. My nephew was welcomed because his mom was married, but my daughter should be killed because I was not. Yes, I realize that I should not have gotten myself into that predicament, but killing my baby was not the answer. Thank God that I found a wonderful doctor after that. All doctors are not the same. I am in my 60's now and I can say that from my many different experiences with doctors. So the government giving the power to these doctors to decide if a patient is worthy of medical care or death should never have been an option. And now, when a doctor is high in morals, he/she is condemned if they will not 'put down' their patient. I think hospice is wonderful at helping people through their last days with compassion and comfort. I have been with four people dying. One of them opted for withholding of food and water if they had another stroke, and it was not pleasant and not natural. The others, died with calm dignity leaving this world in God's timing.

Oh, by the way, my daughter is my only child because my later husband didn't want more children so he had a vasectomy. So I would have killed my only child and been childless.