Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Canada has become a world leader in euthanasia.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Kevin Yuill
Kevin Yuill, who authored the book, the Secular case against assisted suicide, wrote an article explaining how Canada has become the world leader in euthanasia that was published on October 26 by Spiked.

Yuill explains that in March 2023, Canada will permit euthanasia for mental illness alone. This would be the second expansion since Canada legalized euthanasia. He wrote:
On 17 March 2023, Canadian law will change to make people whose sole underlying medical condition is mental illness eligible for what Canada refers to as ‘medical assistance in dying’ (MAID). MAID covers both euthanasia and assisted suicide, although the vast majority of cases in Canada are euthanasia, which means that a doctor actively ends a person’s life, rather than giving that person the means to do so him or herself.

This will be the second expansion of euthanasia since it was legalised in 2016. In March 2021, Canada made a new category of patients eligible for MAID. Before then, only those whose death is ‘reasonably foreseeable’ were eligible. ‘Track Two’, however, is available to those with a ‘serious or incurable condition’ for whom death is likely but not imminent. Patients are now said to qualify for MAID if they suffer from a condition or disability which ‘cannot be relieved under conditions that they consider acceptable ’.
Yuill tells the stories of Mitchell Tremblay and a Veteran living with PTSD. He writes:
The next expansion could lead to a ‘rush for the doors’. These are the words of 40-year-old Mitchell Tremblay, who is hoping to take advantage of the law change. Tremblay was diagnosed with severe depression as a teen and also suffers from anxiety, alcoholism, personality disorders and continual suicidal thoughts. He can’t work and lives on a disability payment of just under $1,200 (£800) a month. ‘You know what your life is worth to you’, he told interviewers recently, ‘and mine is worthless’.

Tragically, MAID is increasingly being seen as a solution to people’s distress, no matter the cause. Some doctors and counsellors are even recommending it to certain patients and clients. In August, for example, an army veteran seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury was rightly outraged to be offered MAID by an employee of Veterans Affairs Canada, entirely unprompted.
Yuill states that its not surprising that the number of euthanasia deaths has increased so quickly. He writes:
Last year, euthanasia accounted for 3.3 per cent of all deaths, a third more than in 2020. Statistics from Health Canada show that social reasons for wanting euthanasia are already important and will likely climb as the criteria for eligibility expands. In 2021, for instance, 17.3 per cent of people cited ‘isolation or loneliness’ as a reason for wanting MAID. In 35.7 per cent of cases, patients believed that they were a ‘burden on family, friends or caregivers’.
Yuill then writes about the expansion of euthanasia to people with mental illness:
Dr John Maher, a psychiatrist, was shocked when a patient recently discussed the possibility of MAID with him ‘because of his belief no one will ever love him’. No wonder it rattled him. Psychiatrists get up in the morning to help those in mental distress and to prevent suicide – not facilitate it.

Until recently, the Canadian public had been broadly sympathetic to MAID’s original goal – of alleviating suffering among the dying and seriously ill. But there is no majority support for allowing MAID for mental-health conditions. In a poll conducted this year, fewer than half of all Canadians supported extending MAID to adults diagnosed with a serious mental illness.
Yuill continues by commenting on the recent proposal to extend euthanasia to infants and those who are "tired of living":
Dr Louis Roy of the Quebec College of Physicians recently recommended to Canadian lawmakers that MAID be ‘offered’ to children born with severe disabilities up to the age of one. This disturbing proposal was unsurprisingly met with fierce criticism. But another of Roy’s shocking suggestions went almost unnoticed: that MAID should be provided for those elderly people who are ‘tired of being alive’.
Yuill then comments on the euthanasia lobby's past connection to eugenics.
These and other arguments marshalled in favour of euthanasia in Canada bear a striking resemblance to those made in the past to justify eugenics. At the turn of the 20th century, the most fierce proponents of euthanasia and eugenics were physicians and academics. In the US, Dr Ella K Dearborn cheerfully called for ‘euthanasia for the incurably ill, insane, criminals and degenerates’. Dearborn thought it entirely reasonable that everyone should pass an examination allowing them to continue living. In 1906, one sociologist noted in the Minneapolis Journal: ‘I would personally rather administer chloroform to the poor, starving children of New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and other American cities, than to see them living as they must in squalor and misery.’

The steady expansion of Canada’s euthanasia laws has echoes of this dark eugenicist vision. Take the case of Amir Farsoud, an impoverished 53-year-old with a chronic back condition, who is about to be made homeless. Farsoud has applied for MAID not because he wants to die, but because he fears the future. ‘I don’t want to die’, Farsoud said, ‘but I don’t want to be homeless more than I don’t want to die’. He already has one of the two doctor’s signatures required.
Yuill ends the article by suggesting that Canada's euthanasia law should cause other countries to reject euthanasia. He writes:
But perhaps Canada is also doing the world a favour. In six short years, it has shown that the initial justification for MAID – people’s freedom to alleviate their own suffering from terminal illness – is only a more palatable precursor to something much darker. What we’re seeing in Canada today is what happens when a country convinces itself that lethal injections are a normal part of healthcare. It is what happens when death is treated as a solution to life’s problems. This anti-human movement must be resisted.
Kevin Yuill is a long-time writer on issues related to euthanasia and assisted suicide.


E.G. said...

Life is sacred from the moment of conception to natural death, Canada and Canadians should know, appreciate and pray for.


Les said...

To be known a world leader in euthanasia is certainly nothing to be proud about. With this and other steps our so-called "leaders" are invoking on Canadian citizens is quickly reducing Canada to a status as one of the lowest nations in the world. As stated by Eugene, "Life is sacred from the moment of conception to natural death" - key word, "natural." I used to be a very proud Canadian. Now I am very disappointed Canadian.

Lorraine said...

So agree with you Les. My head hangs low to be a Canadian as we have no regard for life!

Dave Farquhar said...

Anyone heard of the Nuremberg trials for crimes against humanity? They should be reconvened, and the Canadian political leadership brought up on charges. Mental illness is a treatable sickness. Do we murder people for being sick in other ways? Do we murder people for having a cold? Someone's value as a human and a person lies in their very essence and not their ability to function in certain way.

E.G. said...

Life is sacred from the moment of conception to natural death. Full stop.

Unknown said...

I spent most of my life struggling to live way depressed in deep despair battling thoughts of wanting to end my life, many times I tried But I thank God I failed. I suffer from PTSD and suffered multiple traumas in my childhood and adult life. I am 60 years old now and am a living testimony of the power of God for he healed me and has done more for me than any Doctor or Counselors. After 40 years of pills, and electric shock treatments being in and out of psychiatric hospitals God completely healed my PTSD while going through trauma, only God could do that. I have a powerful story that can offer so many people hope. So far I have been medication free for 8 years and have been tested to the extreme through all kinds of adversities and never once have I needed to be hospitalized for mental breakdowns. I received a true bonafide miracle to the praise and Glory of God.

Eugene said...

I should be dead few times but am still alive. All thanks to God and prayers of my brothers and sisters in Christ. AMEN