Monday, October 31, 2022

Canadian Senate Bill S-248 would permit involuntary euthanasia (MAiD) by advanced directive.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Senator Pamela Wallin, who strongly supports euthanasia, known as Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) in Canada, introduced Bill S-248: An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), to permit involuntary euthanasia (MAiD) by advanced directive when a person is not capable of consenting to be killed.

The purpose of S-248 is to amend the Criminal Code to
(a) permit an individual whose death is not reasonably foreseeable to enter into a written arrangement to receive medical assistance in dying on a specified day if they lose the capacity to consent to receiving medical assistance in dying prior to that day; and

(b) permit an individual who has been diagnosed with a serious and incurable illness, disease or disability to make a written declaration to waive the requirement for final consent when receiving medical assistance in dying if they lose the capacity to consent to receive medical assistance in dying, are suffering from symptoms outlined in the written declaration and have met all other relevant safeguards outlined in the Criminal Code.

When Canada legalized euthanasia (Bill C-14) in 2016 it specifically created an exception to homicide in the Criminal Code. S-248 would amend the Criminal Code by creating another exception - enabling a person to sign a contract so that, if a person loses the ability to request or consent, a medical or nurse pratitioner can still:

"administer a substance to a person to cause their death"

Bill S-248 also enables the person to include in the contract a specific date and time that they have chosen to be administered a substance to cause their death.

Senator Wallin includes a proviso. S-248 states - Advance consent invalidated:

(3.‍4) Once a person demonstrates, by words, sounds or gestures, in accordance with subsection (3.‍2), refusal to have the substance administered or resistance to its administration, medical assistance in dying can no longer be provided to them on the basis of Insertion start subsections (3.‍21) or (3.‍22) Insertion end.
Section 3.4 refers to the Netherlands coffee euthanasia death whereby a woman with dementia, who had requested euthanasia in her advanced directive, resisted when the euthanasia doctor was trying to kill her. The euthanasia doctor put sedatives in her coffee, but she continued to resist. The euthanasia doctor then had the family hold her down to enable the euthanasia to be completed.

S-248 contravenes the Supreme Court of Canada Carter decision which limited MAiD to competent people.

As much as I oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide Bill C-7 already permitted most of what S-248 is trying to permit, with the exception of enabling the advanced request to be made within a 5-year time frame.

What did Bill C-7 do?

1. Bill C-7 removed the requirement in the law that a person’s natural death be reasonably foreseeable in order to qualify for assisted death. People who are not terminally ill can die by euthanasia.

2. Bill C-7 permits a doctor or nurse practitioner to lethally inject a person who is incapable of consenting, if that person was previously approved for assisted death.

3. Bill C-7 waives the ten-day waiting period if a person's natural death is deemed to be reasonably foreseeable.

4. Bill C-7 creates a two track law. A person whose natural death is deemed to be reasonably foreseeable has no waiting period while a person whose natural death is not deemed to be reasonably foreseeable would have a 90 day waiting period before being killed by lethal injection.

5. Bill C-7 permits euthanasia (MAiD) for people who are psychologically suffering in a manner that is intolerable to the person and that cannot be relieved in a way that the person considers acceptable. Bill C-7 permitted euthanasia for mental illness alone.

Bill S-248 and the recent push by the Quebec College of Physicians to approve infant euthanasia, undermine that a person needs to be able to request or consent to euthanasia. (Infant euthanasia proposed by Quebec College of Physicians)

How should we respond.

Contact the Senators and contact your Member of Parliament

Tell them that Canada has expanded MAiD beyond what was approved by the Supreme Court of Canada, Carter decision and that euthanasia without consent is too dangerous and beyond what should be considered tolerable.

Tell them that you oppose the extension of MAiD to infants, who cannot consent, and you oppose the extension of MAiD to people with dementia or other cognitive issues, who cannot consent.


Tershia said...

So with the stroke of a pen a bureaucrat can change what is murder to a legal killing.
Like all these rulings that don’t value life, eventually all the safeguards are removed and anything and everything becomes permissible, as is happening.
These bureaucrats and their supporters will have to answer to God eventually.

Fred said...

Fred wrote..May we be reminded.....God will not be mocked. What a man sows he will also reap. We have history to prove this truth. Almighty God of heaven has already set the bar high. Life is precious and to be protected and He will make the decision as to life or death. Don't be fooled, you who think that the grave is the end of one's existence. Those who play God will in God's time face Him as to the actions taken against His commandments. That's when eternity starts. They will not escape God's judgment. The Bible states it is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of an angry God. Eternity without God will face those who laughed into the face of our eternal creator God of heaven. We should learn from the godless decisions already made by the governments of the world. The destruction of families, the mocking of police, education, disrespect, lawlessness, to name a few. We on a downward curve. The end is near!

Phillip said...

Heal Not Kill
Doctors have been doing this for years using steroid drugs that a exhilarate Candida albicans. Invasive candida kills 40% to 60% of those patients. I tried to save my friend who wanted desperately to live. This was in 2018. The final step was euthanasia in a hospice removing all food in water.

Vi said...

Yes, Amen Fred. It most certainly IS a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the LIVING God!
Hebrews 10:30-31
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

In 2019, my dear friend (Anita) who was living in the UK, had cancer of the womb... She was in her late 60's. She was told she was going to go into a care center after her surgery, but they were just waiting for a room opening.

Sadly, shortly after that, a nurse told her that they were going to stop giving her water and food because of the cancer. The thing is...she was totally coherent, she went through the surgery without any known complications, the surgery seemed like it was successful and she still had life in her, when they told her that.

When she told me what they said, I was HORRIFIED! I thought...WAIT! WHAT ??? I said what do you MEAN they are going to stop giving you water and food ??? Can they DO that ??? I had never heard of that before & was so grieved!:(

Nevertheless, that is exactly what they did to her! They dehydrated & starved her to death (prematurely) and there was NOTHING I could do about it, as I was in the USA & I was not even a family member. What a horrible, painful and slow death... :(

In closing, I just want to say that I have NO DOUBT that these wicked, arrogant & malicious MONSTERS (who do not value human life) are ABSOLUTELY going to be held accountable when they stand before their/our Creator & HIS divine (and righteous) judgment, justice and wrath!

Phillip said...

Yes, sad as it is and as evil as it is i would hope they repent rather than wish them to suffer so much.

Anonymous said...

My question is, at what point are we replicating Nazi Germany, Marxism, Stalin? True, there is no smokstack. Instead people enter hospitals and old folks homes: places which once meant care and healing are now laces with death. Pregnancy was once an honour and still is to many. How many of our citizens/future citizens must be injected before we recognize the atrocity of it all?