Monday, June 7, 2021

CBC News promotes couple euthanasia propaganda (MAiD).

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

CBC News published a story by Sara Fraser that cannot be ignored because it dangerously promotes couple euthanasia (MAiD) propaganda as a love story.

The story concerns Bob & Margi Wilson who recently died by euthanasia (MAiD). The story is also about a family who agreed to talk to CBC News about the death to celebrate their parents' "bravery" and to reduce any stigma around MAID.

The story states that the couples daughter, brought up the concept of MAiD with her mother, as her mother was approaching death.

Fraser really plays up the "perfect ending" to the love story. Fraser writes:

In the last weeks, the grandchildren gathered in their grandparents' room to keep them company, doing crafts and playing music. They reminisced about fun times the close-knit family had spent together. Nothing went unsaid. 

"It was bittersweet," Scott said of the scene. 

"I joked with my mom, I said it's almost Romeo and Juliet without the poison," Scott said. "We use humour in our family as a coping mechanism. In a way, there was somewhat of a relief that a decision had been made, because it was very up and down."

Even with this "love" story, death does not come without controversy. Fraser reports:

Margi lost consciousness in the days before, and the family thought she might die naturally before the agreed-upon date...

At 7 a.m. on May 25, doctors came into the room for a final check. They took the family to a different room, away from their parents, and briefed them on the procedure.

Even though Margi wasn't able to verbally consent, recent changes to the assisted dying law made it possible for doctors to carry out her wishes. Bob indicated to the doctors that he wanted to go through with it, too. 

Margi was not able to consent at the time of death and yet death was her "choice."

This story was written to sell the idea of couples dying by euthanasia.

You may remember the 2007 assisted suicide propaganda film, the suicide tourist featuring George & Betty Coumbias. George had significant medical issues but Betty was healthy. George wanted to die by assisted suicide at the Dignitas assisted suicide clinic in Switzerland and Betty, who was healthy, wanted to die with him, because she couldn't live without him. Betty died of cancer, in 2009, and George, who Betty couldn't live without, remarried and lived until his death in 2016.

Stories that are designed to sell more euthanasia have a "contagion" effect and create a false portrayal of what euthanasia is, that being, killing people with lethal drug cocktails.

5 comments:

sm said...

Especially LIKE the story about George and Betty...could say "just like a man!" but that's for another time... My own father had food and water withheld from him, back in 1994 , after they discovered he had inoperable cancer. I was not his main caretaker (my brother and his wife were) so I still do not know if he was fully all in on that end, and it haunts mw to this day. Have indicated to MY kids that I do not want to end my life with euthanasia of any type, will put it in writing. Appreciate your bring this issue to the fore.

Kate said...

Alex,I am a member of EPC. I read the the CBC propaganda piece, and agree with you. The daughter's macabre "Romeo and Juliet" comment doesn't smack of humour to me - rather it suggests a callousness beyond belief! Where is the petition/protest to expose this for what it is - legalized homicide.

Alf F said...

Romeo and Juliet WITH the poison. It take poison to kill you.

Annette Murphy said...

Where is the link

Alex Schadenberg said...

The link was connected to the highlighted text at the beginning of the article.
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-maid-assisted-dying-1.6050270