February 7, 2023 · 7:00 AM
Final yr, greater than 10,000 individuals in Canada – surprisingly that is over three % of all deaths there – ended their lives by way of euthanasia, a rise of a 3rd within the earlier yr. And it is more likely to preserve rising: subsequent yr, Canada is about to permit individuals to die solely for psychological well being causes.
Solely final week, a jaw-dropping story emerged of how, 5 years into an infuriating battle to acquire a stairlift for her house, Canadian military veteran and Paralympian Christine Gauthier was provided a rare different.
A Canadian official instructed her in 2019 that if her life was so tough and he or she was so ‘determined’, the federal government would assist her to kill herself. ‘I’ve a letter saying that for those who’re so determined, madam, we are able to give you MAiD, medical help in dying,’ the paraplegic ex-army corporal testified to Canadian MP
God gave me life. It is as much as God, not me, when it is over. Over 40 years of practising medication, I’ve by no means had a affected person ask me to “put them down,” as we might have cherished a pet that was struggling throughout impending demise.
Steve Parker, M.D