Canada’s medical assistance in dying (MAiD) law is already the most permissive euthanasia and assisted-suicide legislation in the world.
Understandably controversial in itself, there are many horror stories surrounding its implementation. For example, as lifesitenews.com recently reported, “A 71-year-old widower was admitted to a Southwestern Ontario hospital after a fall. His family says during his admission he contracted an infectious diarrheal illness. He was humiliated by staff for the smell of his room, his family said. He developed a new shortness of breath that was not comprehensively assessed. In this context, a hospital team member suggested he would qualify for MAiD. The team said he had end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and it was terminal. The patient was surprised by the diagnosis but trusted the team. Within 48 hours of his first assessment, he received a medically assisted death. Post-mortem testing showed he did not have end-stage COPD. His family doctor, when notified of his death, also stated he did not have end-stage COPD, but the team had failed to contact her when they were assessing his history.”
First, do no harm? Respect for life? Canadian nice?
Nonetheless, the Great White North’s federal “expert” panel on MAiD has recommended mental illness be added to the list of maladies making one eligible for MAiD……apparently without any legislative changes. How nice, euthanasia by administrative fiat. What could go wrong?
To some degree, mental
illness is in the eye of the beholder. It can be quite subjective and has
historically been used as a tool to advance totalitarian political agendas.
Hence, the gulags and “re-education camps.” Don’t believe in global warming? Are
you an anti-vaxxer? Trump supporter?! Didn’t vote for
Justin Trudeau? Driving an 18-wheeler in a “Freedom Convoy?” Then you are,
sadly, mentally ill.
But, someday soon, in Canada at least, the nice people in the white smocks may be able to help you.
In fact, you may not have a choice.