Sunday, June 13, 2021

Canada’s Medically Assisted Dying Policy Sets ‘Dangerous Precedent’

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Dr Paul Saba
Andrew Chen interviewed Dr Paul Saba in an article published by the Epoch Times on June 11, 2021. titled - Canada’s Medically Assisted Dying Policy Sets ‘Dangerous Precedent’: Physician and Author.

Saba who authored the book - Made to Live and is a co-founder of the Physicians’ Alliance against Euthanasia in Quebec told Chen:
Canada’s medically assisted dying policy sets a “dangerous precedent” that has opened the door to other scenarios in which people can be denied medical care or have their lives prematurely ended.

“In terms of expanding, first of all we change the criteria, and then we make it easier and easier to get rid of people who are faced with life’s challenges, with health issues,”
Saba who refers to Canada's assisted dying law as a "very sad statement of affairs of our society, and what we’ve become, in terms of devaluing human life" comments on Ontario's COVID-19 Triage protocol. Saba states:
“I think an even greater issue is that how we evaluate life. Once you open up that door to ending people’s lives, and evaluate people’s lives, you have the whole issue of [COVID-19] and the triage system that was being supported, and directives being set up not to care for people who were ill,”
The pandemic protocol states that only patients with a 70% chance of surviving more than 12 months would be prioritized for critical care. Saba comments:
“Once the government starts evaluating lives, and not seeing it as their mission— health care is a mission of caring for people who need to be cared for—then we’ll decide who gets cared for, who won’t get cared for, who lives, who dies. And that’s why it is so important that we … push back on this,”
Saba became concerned about these issues in 2009 when his wife was pregnant with their daughter Jessica. Jessica, had a severe congenital heart defect—her heart’s pulmonary valve was almost completely sealed—making her survival nearly impossible, but Dr Saba and his wife wanted Jessica to live and today Jessica is a healthy 12 year old. His book, Made to Live, focuses on Jessica's story.

Chen asks Dr Saba to comment on the fact that roughly 7,600 Canadians died via medically assisted death in 2020, a 35 percent increase from the roughly 5,600 cases in 2019, a number which was itself a 26 percent uptick from the approximately 4,500 cases in 2018, Health Canada senior official Abby Hoffman told the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying on June 7.

Saba says that there have been approximately 25,000 assisted deaths since legalization. He then says:
“What was supposed to be just for terminally ill people really at the end of life has now been expanded to include people who are disabled, who have chronic conditions … and they are looking at and studying for people who have mental health challenges,”

Parliament has also heard arguments for expanding medically assisted death to children.

“So, basically, death, needs to be available to everybody,”
Saba then comments on how the Covid-19 pandemic has made people with disabilities more vulnerable. He said:
Saba condemned the passing of Bill C-7 during the COVID-19 pandemic, a time “when people are most vulnerable.”

“We’re encouraging and we’re supporting … killing people with disabilities, because we know that they’ve been marginalized, that they’re struggling, and it doesn’t take much to push people over the edge,”
Saba concludes by stating:
“Ultimately, I hope one day that assisted suicide and euthanasia get reversed in our country because it’s … a dangerous policy and a dangerous precedent.”
You can order the book Made to Live from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. Link to order the book.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is with great sadness that I read your article.How did we get here ?How did our society get so callous that we stop fighting for life or that we could actually think people would be better off dead than alive..Right nw ther us a great out cry about every child matters because of what happened at the residential schools and children were allowed to die and not even have there graves mark how about euthanasia why are we not fighting for the lives of those who are being snuffed out and we think somehow this is progress how about the children who are aborted each day do their lives not matter let’s stop this madness that we our trying to convince our selves that killing someone with a pharmaceutical drug rather than shooting them is somehow okay .It is not okay it is not right let’s put our intellect into preserving life not destroying it let’s call it what it is murder not political correct we think if we give it another name somehow it will make it right the only thing that will correct it is if we stop doing it .There is nothing right about euthanasia or abortion or the torment that cause people to practice it life all life is valuable .If you are reading this you are of great value and so is everyone on this planet .We are to intelligent we are made in the image of God and the plan He has is for us is to love one another not kill one another because it is not convenient for us ti care for each other.They have a right to live and they have a right to be cared for not destroyed..Please remember you have a Heavenly Father who loves you blessings Marlyen