Canada has become the latest Western nation to demonstrate the utter disregard modern culture has for the sanctity of life.
According to Alex Schadenberg of Canada’s Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC), a Québec court struck down the clause in Canada’s so-called “medical assistance in dying” (MAiD) law which required that a person be terminally ill in order to end their lives by lethal injection.
Instead, the court ruled that requiring that a person’s “natural death [to be] reasonably foreseeable” was unconstitutional, giving the government just 30 days to appeal the decision, all while at the height of Canada’s federal election season.
Schadenberg predicts that the court’s decision may also extend the “right to death” to people with psychological or mental ailments alone, noting that Canada’s euthanasia law states that a person qualifies if their “illness, disease or disability or that state of decline causes them enduring physical or psychological suffering that is intolerable to them and that cannot be relieved under conditions that they consider acceptable.”
In a televised debate on French TV network TVA, among political party leaders Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (Lib), Andrew Scheer (CPC), Jagmeet Singh (NDP) and Yves-François Blanchet (BQ), Trudeau stated that he would not appeal the Québec court decision that struck down the “terminal illness” requirement and that he would craft a more permissive MAiD regime in the 6 months period ordered by the Court.
Similarly, the other party leaders except Scheer stated they were in favour of a more permissive MAiD regime.
Scheer stated he would appeal the decision and would convene the Parliament to craft a revised MAiD regime.
Citing a Huffington Post report, Schadenberg states that the law was in fact designed specifically to eventually allow for such expansion:
The law had been purposefully designed initially as restrictive, he (Trudeau) suggested, as said he expected it would keep expanding as time and norms shifted. “We understand that society evolves.”
Since the deadline to appeal is during the federal election, Schadenberg states, only liberal Justice Minister David Lametti (who voted against C-14 because it was not permissive enough) is in a position to appeal the decision. Therefore, by allowing the Québec ruling to go unchallenged, Canada’s government is following through with the plan for an “evolving” euthanasia policy to match society’s devolving care for human life.
As Schadenberg points out, Canada’s euthanasia rates are skyrocketing. “As of December 31, 2018, there had been 7949 assisted deaths in Canada, since legalization,” he wrote. “The number of assisted deaths increased by more than 50% in 2018 from 2704 reported assisted deaths in 2017 to 4235 reported assisted deaths in 2018.”
This is exactly what happens when the line between valuing human life is crossed. Whether its abortion, euthanasia or glorifying suicide, the more we make compromises in our opinion on what constitutes murder, the lives will be lost under the blessing of the state. There is no ethical way to take innocent human life.
Western society has truly fashioned a god in its own image, one granted complete power over life and death. This is the logical conclusion of a philosophy that does not value human life at any stage, but it is no less tragic.
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