In 2015, in Regina v. Carter, the Supreme Court of Canada legalized physician assisted suicide, called Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). The court’s decision was a great blunder and has led to havoc in Canada, causing thousands of deaths.
In its decision, the court had assured Canadians that the legalization of assisted suicide would occur only in exceptional circumstances and would not have the same effect as in other countries, since controls or restraints would prevent a “slippery slope” in its application. The court couldn’t have been more wrong. It didn’t take long before the restrictions in the legislation were swept aside by the courts and the Liberal government. This has resulted, after barely eight years since the law was enacted, in the most permissive euthanasia law in the world. In fact, Canada’s experience with euthanasia has become a cautionary tale for other countries. The MAiD legislation has given rise to a cost/benefit consideration of human life and has led to the homeless, the disabled, the depressed, the sick and the aged being eliminated. Simply put, instead of providing the needy with financial, social, and health care benefits, they have been killed by MAiD.
If this were not enough of a nightmare, it gets worse.
Assisted Suicide Patients Providing Organs for Transplant
An international report was published in December 2022 called the First Annual Report on International Review of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). It reported that doctors in Canada perform almost half of the world’s organ transplants using MAiD. This raises ethical and logistical issues of consent from vulnerable people who are being killed by MAiD. According to Health Canada’s Second Annual Report, released June 30th, 2021, MAiD has been provided for the following reasons (among others):
- 2650 people were granted euthanasia because they believed they were a burden on their family, friends, and caregivers;
- 1373 requested euthanasia because they felt isolated and lonely;
- 1253 applicants for MAiD did not have a terminal condition;
- 227 were put to death because they were frail;
- 322 people were euthanized because they were not supplied with disability support services;
- 126 persons applied for euthanasia because they were not able to access palliative care.
There is good reason to be concerned that those who lack self-esteem and self-worth may be pushed into giving their organs for transplant in order to give meaning to their life and death.
Why Canada leads in MAiD Transplants
The reason that Canada is at the forefront of this ghoulish affair is that it has put into effect measures that facilitate this procedure, as follows:
- Countries, such as Belgium, The Netherlands, and Spain require patients to raise the issue of organ transplants themselves. However, in Quebec and Ontario, medical attendants are permitted to raise the issue.
- In most countries, a large proportion of patients using MAiD are requesting it due to terminal cancer. They cannot donate organs because of the risks to the organ recipients. In Canada, however, because MAiD is used for a wide assortment of diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), depression, poverty, etc., their organs are still useful for transplant.
- Those seeking MAiD in Canada at one time had to be hospitalized, where it was easier and safer for surgeons for retrieve organs for transplantation. However, 44% of MAiD deaths now take place in the home. The MAiD recipient is given the medication in the home and then transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital to have the procedure completed and organs removed.
Canada is a very “progressive” country under Justin Trudeau, where there appear to be few restraints on decency, by him or his government who habitually do whatever they like.