Rapid Expansion of Assisted Suicide Laws Raises Concern As number of medically assisted deaths climbs, so do concerns over its use. The debate on Canada’s assisted suicide laws continues to heat up. In just six years, the “safeguards” in place are already loosening, as they have here in the US in the states where it’s
Woman with Long Covid Feels Assisted Suicide is Only Option
Canada is often the model for supporters of assisted suicide. In 2016, the country allowed assisted suicide (or Medical Aid in Dying – MAiD) for anyone with a terminal diagnosis. A recent article shares Tracey Thompson’s story which paints a different picture of the success of these laws.
Yet MAiD laws were updated in 2021 to allow for “people with intolerable and irreversible illness, disease or disability (called ‘Track Two’) to qualify—though without introducing substantial improvements to social assistance programs.”
Now those with any disability can apply for assisted suicide. For a country which boasts in universal healthcare, caring for people who are disabled or poor is not a priority.
Tracey Thompson feels that applying for MAiD is her only option. She has fought to raise enough money to survive and get the care she needs, but her future is bleak.
Instead of providing help for people with disabilities, Canada simply allowed for easier access to assisted suicide.
“Overall, more than 1.4 million Canadians with disabilities live in poverty according to a 2017 census—that’s roughly 1 in 25 Canadians. According to Dosani, MAiD [assisted suicide] becomes ‘the only option left to many people.’”
Advocates of assisted suicide boast that a person should have the right to choose to die if they desire. But what about a person who wants to live? Are they given the same rights to choose to live? Tracey feels she does not have the support she needs to live.
Without sufficient support for people like Tracey, Canada demonstrates they are willing to help people with disabilities die. The answer is not to speed up death, but to provide people who are struggling with all the care and help they need to live comfortably and as long as possible.
Misconceptions About Palliative Care Harvard Health published a helpful article describing the purpose and benefit of palliative care. There are often misconceptions about what palliative care is and why it can be beneficial. From the beginning of the Palliative/Hospice Care movement, the purpose has always been a holistic approach to address physical, mental, emotional, and
Canada’s Assisted Suicide Laws Expanded to Include People with Mental Illness As Canada nears the implementation of amendments to their euthanasia and assisted suicide laws in March 2023, growing concern rises. These laws remove the alleged “safeguard” that a person must have a terminal illness to apply for assisted suicide. Now, those who are experiencing