Expansion of assisted suicide supported by legislation and public attitude

The number of Canadians seeking assisted suicide with medical assistance is increasing year by year, and this trend is expected to continue due to legal expansion and other social and health care trends.

In 2020, 7,595 Canadians received dying medical assistance (MAiD). This was an increase of more than 34% from 5,660 in 2019, 2.7 times more than 2,838 in 2017, and Canada’s first full-year suicide aid was legal. The statistics were published in Health Canada’s second annual report on MAiD, released at the end of June.

In addition to the increased deaths from assistance, MAiD opponents were plagued by the situation in which the procedure was implemented last year, including those that may not have been legal. Obtaining data from Health Canada’s report, the Euthanasia Union found that:

  • Although 4,120 Canadians chose MAiD because they had cancer, they nevertheless did not discuss their choice with oncologists.
  • Within 10 days of request, 2,532 people were killed by MAiD. Of these, 905 were not imminent, but two practitioners determined that they could lose their decision-making ability within 10 days, resulting in a legally mandated 10-day reflection period. I was exempt. Period of day;
  • 1,253 had a non-terminating condition.And
  • The practitioner evaluated 59 people as requesting lethal injection without direct consultation.

Health Canada reported that 1,274 doctors and 71 nurse practitioners administered MAiD to at least one, of which 200 medical professionals died more than 10 directly.

Alex Schardenberg, founder of the Euthanasia Union, is expected to see these numbers increase further in 2021 with bill C-7, which was enacted on March 17.

“The impact of Bill C-7 will bring far more deaths, but there is also the fact that culture is flooded with the notion that this is a good thing,” he said in an interview.

Bill C-7 has abolished the 10-day retrospective period for people whose deaths are “reasonably foreseeable.” People with reasonably unpredictable death, such as those with non-end-of-life chronic conditions or disabilities, will have to wait 90 days, but two practitioners may lose their decision-making ability within that period This is exempt if you state that you are sexual.

Shadenberg is worried that 1,412 Canadians demanded MAiD in 2020 because they felt isolated and lonely.

“The spirit of euthanasia actually begins in a culture of loneliness and isolation, which is more and worse than ever in our culture,” he said.

“Historically, of course, religious communities were the way we often had important communities. [but] It’s also disappearing. “

By 2020, 35.9% of those who chose MAiD felt that it was the burden of their family, friends, or caregivers. 84.9% chose it because they lost the ability to engage in meaningful activities. And 3.1 percent chose it because of the loss of quality of life.

Angelina Ireland, chairman of the Delta Hospice Society in British Columbia, told the Epoch Times that the healthcare system is increasingly biased towards MAiD rather than helping people to die of natural causes.

“We need to ask for a state or national census about what’s happening to the elderly, the sick, and the vulnerable. People, such as nurses and doctors, come to them. , We recommend that you make your own maid. “

The federal government plans to extend suicide assistance to people with mental illness by March 2023, but Ireland said it was already a factor for those who chose the procedure.

“I want MAiD because they’re depressed and don’t want to be a burden. They’re worried. They don’t want to lose autonomy. These are all mental health issues … and Instead of providing medical and other therapeutic treatments, we provide people with death. This is not a compassionate national action. “

Amy Sue of the Bruyer Institute in Ottawa, among other researchers, has developed a tool that predicts the risk of dying older people within six months of a home care assessment.

According to a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in July, a support risk assessment: a mortality risk prediction tool called RESPECT for Elderly Life Prediction with Community Tools uses data from two adult cohorts. Was developed. It consists of more than 574,000 individuals in total. He lives in Ontario over the age of 50 and has received at least one home care assessment during each of the two reference periods 2007-2012 and 2013.

Shadenberg said the tool was a sign of an era that reflected more respect for the dollar than people.

“We have moved from a past, people-centric care model to the present model, which is how to manage costs.”

Ireland said the elimination of Bill C-7’s waiting period would be life-threatening, in addition to planting the imminent idea of ​​death.

“The human spirit is tremendous. There have been countless stories of people who have lived far beyond their prognosis … [T]The will of the hat and the desire to live — it can create miracles. But when we sentence someone to death and then offer them a maid, we don’t allow it to happen. “

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