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Experts see Canada’s euthanasia laws as threat to disabled

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By MARIA CHENG

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How long before the current dictatorial regime in Canada starts using these to rid itself of troublesome opposition?

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This was like everything else a good idea turned on it's head by radical groups, not unusual in Canada.

The original premise was for the terminally Ill with a few painful months left to live. Now we are killing the unwanted the mentally ill, the physically disabled that need too much care.

Didn't we sentence to death people in Germany after 1945 for doing the same thing as part of their eugenics program?

Canada won't execute a mass murderer but will pay millions to keep him fed, locked up and cared for, but a person with disabilities that needs 24 hour care is often neglected to the point they will prefer being killed.

Think about that for a minute.

No money to care for the disabled person but millions for the murderer

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This is pretty appalling. I’m generally in favour of voluntary assisted dying where appropriate but these cases illustrate the need to have absolutely watertight legislation that will not permit cases like ones described in the article to happen. It should never be suggested to ill people, it should never be for financial or “mental health” reasons, and the idea that a RCMP corporal could determine that anyone met the criteria for voluntary euthanasia is astounding.

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If this poor fellow's symptoms meet the standard for murdering him then why not just have a sign at the door of every health facility with two arrows, one pointing to the 'Treatment' section and one pointing to the 'Death' section?

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Why is it not just referred to as medical murder?

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Canada, which arguably has the world’s most permissive euthanasia rules — allowing people with serious disabilities to choose to be killed in the absence of any other medical issue.

But the law does seem fairly strict. The following is from Wikipedia:

The law currently states that for a patient to have a grievous and irremediable medical condition eligible for assisted dying, they must meet all of the following criteria:

(a) they have a serious illness, disease or disability (excluding a mental illness until 17 March 2023);

(b) they be in an advanced state of decline that cannot be reversed; and

(c) they experience unbearable physical or mental suffering from the illness, disease, disability or state of decline that cannot be relieved under conditions that the patient considers acceptable.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euthanasia_in_Canada

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Antique,their is a different between euthanasia and end of life care,most doctors recommend hospice care as an treatment where the patient is terminal ill and the patient,do not want linger in a hospital , hospital often recommend to patients family,that it better to end life sustaining care and let the person die naturally and family members have the same often as care for their love one

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albaleo:

Judging by the article, you’d have to say the Canadians aren’t enforcing their own legal criteria.

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We are no one to judge and no one to blame, just be there for them in their journey that will set them free.

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Judging by the article, you’d have to say the Canadians aren’t enforcing their own legal criteria.

It seems that way. But we perhaps have to question whether the content is biased in some ways. For example, the "experts" it refers to includes someone from the Anscombe Bioethics Centre. That is connected to the Catholic Church. Another is from the Protestant University for Applied Sciences which according to Wikipedia is a university of social work, diakonia and religious education.

Sadly, those people mentioned in the examples in the article are now dead and so we don't get to hear their accounts.

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Canada needs some serious scrutiny at all levels,

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Canada is a disaster - perfect example of what not to do for any nations that want to prevent collapse. Healthcare, including mental health services, has fallen apart completely over the past decade in Canada, but the decline has really accelerated in the last five years.

One factor that has made assisted suicide attractive to some unfortunate people is the fact that cost of living has doubled, tripled or more depending on the area of Canada, but social support / disability support has not changed from early 2000's levels. For example, in Ontario, average rents for a one bedroom apartment are around $2,000, yet disability pays only around $1,100, and if a disability recipient takes any kind of employment, the earnings are subtracted from the disability payment.

I suspect that because of this, there are many disabled or mentally ill people like the man in the article electing to die rather than continue to live in misery.

Canada has really gone downhill, the decline over the past two decades is horrifying.

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If an adult wants to die with dignity and they are found to be of sound mind, I don't see why the state should get in the way.

My father was in tremendous pain for the last year of his life due to cancer. It was terminal and he'd been diagnosed about a year prior and did all the surgeries, chemo, and radiation. He had about 2 months of a happy life, working his bucket list, when all that ended and the cancer returned with a vengeance.

His religion wouldn't let him kill himself and laws don't allow anyone else to help. He starved to death, his choice. Starvation is a terrible way to die. He told me that. I'm pro-assisted suicide. We treat animals better than our most loved family. We can have our loved pet put euthanized legally in a very humane way. Something is wrong with laws that don't allow treating our family with similar compassion.

Forcing someone to live is like forcing someone to have a baby they don't want.

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