Monday, July 8, 2024

Canadian euthanasia doctor has killed hundreds.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Ellen Wiebe
Sharon Kirkey wrote a pro-euthanasia / pro-Ellen Wiebe article that was published in the National Post on Saturday July 6. 

Kirkey, who has written many pro-euthanasia articles, attempts to fix the perception of Wiebe after she was seen laughing in the film Better off Dead? by disability activist / actress Liz Carr while discussing euthanasia.

Elmira Tanatarova reported for the Daily Mail on May 15 that many of the viewers of the Better off Dead? documentary were uneasy with Wiebe as she giggled when discussing the number of her euthanasia deaths.

When asked by Kirkey about the number of euthanasia deaths Wiebe responds:
“I know the exact number,” the Vancouver doctor said, “but I don’t want to do that, no. It’s become a weird thing, people talking about their numbers, or criticizing people who talk about their numbers.”

“Hundreds is good,” she said. About 430 as of May 2022 alone, as she then testified before a special parliamentary committee on medical assistance in dying, or MAID.
When asked about laughing on camera during the filming of Better off Dead? Kirkey writes:
Wiebe can seem “oddly cheerful” when discussing MAID, viewers of the BBC documentary remarked. She grinned at peculiar moments during an interview with National Post, laughing as she described how, when getting final consent on the day of death, “I come in and say, ‘Are you sure this is what you want to do today?'”

Laughter can be a response to emotionally uncomfortable situations, like talking about death, said Helen Long, CEO of Dying with Dignity Canada. “You suddenly realize what you’re in the middle of discussing.”

“Laughing often is just part of my personality,” Wiebe told National Post.
I personally speak cheerfully about my work with the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition but I'm not killing people.

In response to her clients Kirkey reports Wiebe as stating:
“It’s hard to even be in the same room as somebody who’s suffering so severely,” Wiebe told the Post. “But then, of course, you know, I get to end that suffering, which is good.”
Wiebe misses the point. She is not ending suffering or even caring for the sufferer, she is killing the person.

Trudo Lemmens
Trudo Lemmens is bothered by the pseudo-spiritual language that euthanasia doctors apply to MAiD deaths. Kirkey reports:
But others like Trudo Lemmens are troubled by the small number of providers dominating the practice and the “pseudo-spiritual language” some use to describe doctor-administered death.

“When MAID was legalized, it was framed as a practice that was exceptionally required to ease the dying process or give some control at the end of life,” Lemmens, a University of Toronto professor of law and ethics, wrote in an email.
Christopher Lyon
Christopher Lyon, whose father died by MAiD in Victoria BC also reponds to Kirkey:
Others like Christopher Lyon, a Canadian social scientist at the University of York in the U.K. have remarked that pleasure from euthanasia is deeply disquieting, “because death is usually a deeply painful or difficult moment for the patients and their loved ones.”

Lyon’s 77-year-old father died by MAID in a Victoria hospital room in 2021, over the family’s objections. (Wiebe was not the provider.) His father had bouts of depression and suicidal thinking, but was approved for MAID nonetheless. Lyon wonders what draws some providers to MAID “and what happens to a person when killing becomes a daily or weekly event.”

“Some providers have counts in the hundreds — this isn’t normal, for any occupation,” he said. “Even members of the military at war do not typically kill that frequently. I think that’s a question that we’ve not really ever asked.”
Kirkey responds to criticisms of Wiebe by interviewing Dr James Downer, who was a founding doctor of the Physicians Advisory Council for Dying with Dignity. Downer who is introduced as a Ottawa palliative care and critical care specialist reportedly states:
“It’s absolutely not a celebration of the act of ending someone’s life. It’s a reflection of the intense emotional bond you form with families and patients.”
Kirkey also obtains a comment from Helen Long, the CEO of Dying with Dignity who said:
She’s also “warm and funny,” blunt and straightforward, a straight-shooter with a determined streak,
Wiebe when asked about natural death reportedly states:
“I know what the ends are like, and I’m not interested in that,” she told National Post. MAID means people can “skip out when you’re still you,” she said.
Wiebe expects that the law will expand to include children and the incompetent. Kirkey writes:
She fully anticipates that MAID will be extended to mature minors. “I’ve always been assuming for eight years that a 17-year-old with terminal cancer is going to say, ‘I have the right,’ and of course any judge in the country will say, ‘Yes, you do.’”

She also expects some form of advance requests for MAID in cases of dementia, which would allow a person to make a written request for euthanasia that could be honoured later, even if they lose their capacity to make medical decisions for themselves. Support for advance requests is strong, according to polls. But if someone is unable to express how they’re feeling, who decides if they are suffering unbearably — and what if they changed their minds? MAID doctors may be asked to “provide” for someone they have not met before, and with whom they will not be able to communicate, Wiebe said.

“That’s going to be hard for us as providers,” she said.

“This will be a new challenge. And I’m up for challenges.”
Much of this interview confirms the concerns that Trudo Lemmens has that there are a few insiders that are controlling the euthanasia practise and narrative in Canada.

Clearly this article is designed to improve the perception of Wiebe after the Better off Dead? film shows a crass and scary nature to Wiebe.

But, it doesn't matter where you stand on the issue, or on politics, Carr portrayed Wiebe for who she is in Better off Dead? Carr wasn't staging the interview and she wasn't using interviews with people who oppose euthanasia to make Wiebe look bad.

I will also challenge Sharon Kirkey who tries to sell herself as a neutral reporter. Clearly she tries to cover-up for the euthanasia lobby and seems committed to selling more euthanasia to Canadians.

9 comments:

gadfly said...

And remember, Wiebe didn't get paid for any of those deaths, nope. Not. A. One.

Anonymous said...

Let’s call maid, “maim” and let truth stand up to deceit: Medical Approach in Murder.

Nancy NCS said...

After death, I believe we meet our Maker. Does that figure into any considerations by these doctors? Do they think they will ever meet their Maker?

Anonymous said...

I live in Oregon, where there is ‘death with dignity’. Opioids have been phased out, propelling many into vicious cycles of unmanageable pain and despair. Is it better to end their suffering? How about we just give them back the painkillers?

Alex Schadenberg said...

I agree with pain and symptom management but the problem with euthanasia and assisted suicide is that it changes our orientation from caring for people to killing people.

Barbara Fitchette said...

I am surprised that both the writer and the witch who advertises her business with a smile were passed through the editor of The National Post. To me, the author was throwing out to the public future laws as predicted by who and spreading the idea of MAID inappropriately in this column. When I read it, I saw a witch and thought and expect she will be loathed in tomorrow's editorial section. The writer was personally involved and biased into promoting ideas she knows nothing about. I sent you an earlier message when you debated with her, calling her a witch doctor and to watch what you drink if you are in the same room together again because she might try to poison you.

Barbara Fitchette said...

I think that article incites the doctor's love of her craft, and believe she's an NSA (might have got that won't) of someone who is psychiatrically disturbed which enables her sick attraction and narcissistic promotion of her insanity with others like her in Europe and further. The article did not talk about that dark side which it should have. I loved that people will now know about her but hopefully will see this article as very disturbing. I did not like the author's comments during the article because she doesn't know what will happen or when and I found her just as toxic when reading just the surface of what I already know about the good doctor.

Winston Fairley wjfairley@rogers.com said...

Winston Fairley said....
When my 25 year old son was diagnosed with incurable cancer about 26 years ago he asked his Oncologist if he would die in unbearable pain or if he would lose his intellect due to drugs administered for pain management. His Oncologist assured him that near the end when he was admitted to palliative care he would be under the care of a palliative care specialist and that he would not die in agony or become a vegetable. My son asked for a second opinion and the second Oncologist confirmed what the first had told him and said that any doctor who told him otherwise did not have any knowledge of palliative care. Near the end my son needed to be admitted to the Palliative Care Ward. The Palliative Care Specialist determined the appropriate dosage of drug which caused him to sleep for about a half hour. When he awoke he still had his full intellect. Then after one hour a palliative care nurse would enquire if his pain was still under control or if he needed a small maintenance dose as prescribed by his doctor. He was asked the same question again one hour later. Then one hour later this procedure would be repeated but his doctor would determine if the dosage needed to be increased slightly depending on whether my son had needed a small maintenance dose.
The procedure continued for about eight days with family and loved ones spending precious hours with him by his bedside. It was apparent that he treasured this time too. He had his full intellect for eight days until the morning when he slipped into a coma. He passed away that evening.

Barbara Fitchette said...

First, thank you for showing us what proper palliative care can provide. Secondly, I'm still ranting against the witch doctor Dr. E. Wiebe who apparently feels some sort of happy connection providing "palliative care" which to her means euthanasia. I appreciate seeing your comment which was so meaningful to me. My mother did the same but waited for me to arrive from Toronto when she woke up, smiled at me and asked for my understanding that she couldn't take it anymore. She removed her jewellery for me to have, and slipped back into a peaceful coma.