The normalisation of assissted suicide is speeding up Canada
This coming March, Canada will expand its already shockingly broad MAiD, or Medical Assistance in Dying, law, to make death-on-demand available to Canadians suffering from mental illness.
The Canadian experiment with death-on-demand began in 2016. Only a few years later, MAiD has proved to be just as bad as its early detractors warned. As The European Conservative reports, what started as an allegedly rare and kindly way to ease the suffering of the terminally ill has turned into a government program offering death as an escape from loneliness, depression, or even poverty and homelessness, with just a few FaceTime or WhatsApp chats required to verify ‘eligibility.’
Doctors are now no longer obligated to offer and explain the advantages of palliative care; and there are no safeguards or independent reviews to ensure that applicants for death were not coerced into their decision.
In 2021, over 10,000 people died through MAiD—a staggering increase from the 2,838 in 2017. A total of 31,664 Canadians have died through MAiD; of those, 17% said that “isolation or loneliness” were a main reason they wanted to die. Some of those individuals specifically chose death out of fear of further COVID lockdowns; in 2020, Nancy Russell died through MAiD because she felt she could not bear another round of COVID-related isolation.