An annual report by Canadian health authorities paints a grim picture of just how disposable life can be in the Great White North.
The Second Annual Report on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) indicates that physicians aided in the deaths of 7,595 Canadian citizens in 2020.
These include, according to the Australian Care Alliance:
4,120 Canadians euthanased because they had cancer but with no discussion with an oncologist about this course of action;
2,650 people who perceived they were a burden on their family, friends or caregivers;
1,412 people who requested that their lives be ended because they felt isolated and lonely;
1,253 with non-terminal conditions;
227 people who were put to death because they were frail;
322 people who needed disability support services but did not receive them;
126 people who needed, but could not access, palliative care were given access to the lethal jab;
59 people who the practitioner assessed as requesting a lethal injection “voluntarily” determined the alleged voluntariness without directly consulting with the person.
The report was prefaced by a letter from Patty Hajdu, Canada’s Minister for Health, who casually mentioned the “varied opinions” of MAID among Canadians and the continual “evolving” of medically-assisted suicide policy in the nation.
Canada first gave its citizens the “right” to end their own lives in 2015 resulting from a Supreme Court decision.
Alarmingly, the report indicates that many Canadians were given lethal injections less than ten days after requesting the procedure due to having the mandatory 10-day “reflection period” waived. 905 of these people were reportedly in grave health and stood to risk their decision-making capacity before the end of the 10-day wait.
As of March 2021, however, the 10-day reflection period is no longer mandatory for anyone whose “death is reasonably foreseeable.”
There is a 90-day waiting period for people suffering from non-terminal chronic conditions and disabilities, but this can also be waived entirely if two physicians claim that the patient’s decision-making ability could diminish within that period.
Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, wrote in a blog post on the report that he was “particularly concerned that 18.6% or more than 1412 people listed loneliness and isolation as a reason to die by MAiD.”
“If Canadians had access to excellent end-of-life care then 57% would not state that inadequate control of pain or concern about it and 50% would not state that inadequate control of symptoms, other than pain, or concern about it are reasons to be killed,” Schadenberg argued, lamenting that “The current Canadian government is committed to more death by euthanasia.”
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