Thank you to Richard for this information and his wonderful presentation at our First Monday session this month. Too many questions remain – the March 2024 deadline must be extended – state sanctioned suicide should not be extended to those who will be able to access their dying faster than any medical assistance for their mental health condition – it is a travesty. Well, of all the ways for Canada to lead it had to be in allowing medical killing of its most vulnerable. Canada has been called a “Living Laboratory” and has recently stated that those with addictions to substance abuse will be included in those eligible for medical killing – there is also a move to lift the dead donor rule in Canada.
Medical heroes at home also defend our right to healthcare for mental illness not euthanasia or assisted suicide. This is no time for the faint of heart – we must oppose euthanasia with all our might now, while it is possible to do so. We encourage every group to send this message to all people of good will in your community to alert them to the awful path Canada has taken. You have to ask yourself if we as Canadians wish to be the “first” at killing each other, when we are sick and in need of loving support. God help this country it seems the politicians will not! Between 2016 and 2022 there has been a 3,000% increase in deaths due to euthanasia, now 4% of all Canadian deaths and 7% in Quebec are euphemistically MAiD killings! There is an average wait time of 4 months for psychiatric help but only three months for assisted suicide, with rumours everywhere that the “dead donor” rule will be lifted. The next we will hear is that, like other jurisdictions, our consent to organ donations will be presumed and we will have to contact to government to withdraw that presumed consent!
It is especially worrying if this change goes through, because folks suffering with mental health challenges will be very malleable to helping others by providing organs for donation – in a life filled with mental pain, anguish and often despair, the idea of donating organs will be presented as a means of altruism, a way to give their lives meaning and worth in one full of pain. It seems the vultures are not only in the desert!
“Mental illness impacts every family in Canada. During her periods of despair, the Prime Minister’s own mother fortunately had access to the best care the country could provide, and was given a chance at recovery rather than a facilitated path to suicide. We believe all Canadian’s suffering from mental illness deserve the same chance, rather than having their despair being reinforced by medical assessors wrongly telling them their condition will not improve, when they cannot in any honesty make that prediction.” https://www.eagmaid.org/letter-2023
It is society’s vocation to bring hope to those who have lost it, succour to those who need it and friendship and companionship to those who’s pain blocks it out – offering the option of killing yourself, as a last gesture of finding your self-worth is a cold abandonment by society of the most vulnerable among us and we need to speak out.
Canada is “Living Laboratory.”
“MAiD is a form of suicide turned into a medical procedure.”
Dr. Mark Komrad