Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Euthanasia lobby pressures BC government to force Catholic hospitals to provide euthanasia (MAiD)

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

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St Paul's hospital Vancouver.
The euthanasia lobby group, Dying With Dignity, is lobbying the British Columbia (BC) government to force Catholic hospitals to provide euthanasia.

The euthanasia lobby is using the story of Samantha O'Neill (34), who died on April 4 by euthanasia (MAiD) after being transferred from St Paul's hospital in Vancouver to St. John’s Hospice (run by Vancouver Coastal Health).

Katie DeRosa reported for The Vancouver Sun on June 23 that Dying With Dignity and O'Neill's family initiated a campaign to pressure the BC government to force Catholic hospitals to kill their patients by euthanasia. DeRosa reported:

O’Neill’s family and Dying with Dignity Canada say it’s unacceptable that a taxpayer-funded hospital like St. Paul’s — which is getting a $2 billion replacement in 2027 — forces dying patients to leave its facility to get MAID.

Dying with Dignity’s CEO Helen Long told DeRosa:

such policies will remain in place unless there’s a successful court challenge.

Shannon Paterson published a report on CTV news on June 27 stating:

Daphne Gilbert, a constitutional law professor at the University of Ottawa, expects a Charter challenge will be filed.

“The Catholic Church does not fund health care, they don’t put money into the health-care system through these institutions. It’s not like this is a shared funding agreement. All of the money is coming from the taxpayers,” said Gilbert.

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Alex Muir, the Chair of the euthanasia lobby Metro Vancouver chapter of Dying With Dignity wrote in a letter to the editor in the Vancouver Sun that:

Katie DeRosa’s story about Samantha O’Neill’s horrific forced transfer from St. Paul’s Hospital to access medical assistance in dying (MAID) highlights the need to stop these transfers.

... The province has the power and the financial leverage to change this, but lacks the political will due to Providence’s prominence in our publicly funded health care system. Shame all around.
This is not the first time that Dying With Dignity (a registered charity) has lobbied the BC government to force Catholic hospitals to kill their patients by euthanasia.

I published an article on March 8, 2022 entitled: Canada's euthanasia lobby demands that religious medical facilities kill. The euthanasia lobby wants to stop the transfer of people who have requested euthanasia by forcing denominational medical institutions to do euthanasia.

The Canadian Press reported:
Dying With Dignity says the service is being restricted because of an agreement that allows facilities covered by the Denominational Health Association to collect taxpayer dollars but refuse to perform services they oppose on religious or moral grounds.

Alex Muir, chair of the Metro Vancouver chapter of Dying With Dignity, says upholding the agreement denies eligible people their constitutionally protected right to access a medically assisted death.The British Columbia government is already forcing provincially funded medical institutions that are not affiliated with a denomination to provide (MAiD) euthanasia.
In February 2021 the Delta Hospice Society was defunded by the BC Ministry of Health because they refused to kill their patients.

The first attempt to force a religious medical institution to participate in euthanasia was in 2019 when the euthanasia lobby pressured the Nova Scotia government to order St Martha's Hospital in Antigonish NS to provide euthanasia. The Nova Scotia government succumbed to the pressure and ordered St Martha's Hospital to provide euthanasia. Consequently, the Antigonish Health and Wellness Centre, which is not owned by St Martha's hospital, agreed to provide euthanasia.



Dr Andrzej Caruk said...

Hospitals whether they are Public or Catholic even more so, should not be places where patients are killed.
The medical professionals have taken an oath as all other health professionals to help the sick, not to put a gun to their patient’s head and become hired assassins for the greedy, spineless politicians, and their immoral medical associations.
Shame on them for allowing themselves to be so brainwashed into thinking that killing another human being is „health care”.

N Kauss said...

We do have freedom of religion inCanada; so, forcing Catholic hospitals to provide euthanasia isNOT an option . As well, most people usingCatholic hospitals would be looking toGod for healing, not looking for euthanasia
Nelly Kauss

Anonymous said...

If that’s how you are wording things then you are delusional! It’s not about putting a gun to someone’s head it’s about them choosing to die through administration of substances. MAID DOES help patients by allowing them to end suffering. You argument is just one big childish emotional appeal. As shown when you use overly negative wording rather than language without positive or negative connotations to be more fair. You are proof that doctors should have to take LSAT tests, then maybe you would never have been a doctor to begin with!

Nora Anderson said...

We who are Christian have a God given faith; therefore, we believe the Holy Bible is written by God through His Holy Spirit given unto men. We believe in the ten commandments, one of which is "Thou shall not kill." We believe Jesus Christ is the son of God who came to earth to die on the cross for our sins. He took on our punishment for our sins. We believe Him when He said, "I am the way, and the truth and the life, no one comes to me unless the Father in heaven draw him."
If you don't know the truth, no one can tell it to you and if you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything, such as euthanasia- kill people before it is God's time to take them, abortion - kill babies in the womb or even after they come out of the womb, a man can be transformed into a woman,(a woman has a womb and may or may not be able to become pregnant in that womb) a woman can be remade into a man,( a man has a penis and from it flows semen to impregnate a woman, tattoos look good on the female human body,(gosh they're ugly and ruin a woman's looks, not so bad on men) same sex marriage is O.K.(the purpose of marriage is to populate the earth, how can a woman impregnate a woman and how can a man impregnate a man) Just saying!
If you don't stand for something, you will believe stupid things that make no sense at all.