Assisted suicide marketed to healthy patients

RIGHT TO LIFE NEWS (UK) – A chilling slideshow promoting assisted suicide has caused uproar after being sent to a group of healthy patients in Canada.

One of the largest healthcare providers in the Canadian province of British Columbia, Fraser Health Care, emailed the shocking slideshow to a group of healthy patients as part of the information they were receiving about their pension packages.

Images of the slideshow have been obtained with one slide titled “Expressions of wanting to die” claiming that assisted suicide can “promote a sense of control”.

The slideshow, reportedly sent at the end of June, also provides details about the Canadian track system, which offers two pathways for assisted suicide depending on if death is “reasonably foreseeable” or “not reasonably foreseeable”.

Assisted suicide or euthanasia was made legal in Canada in 2016. The law was amended in March 2021 to permit Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID), as it is known in Canada, in instances where it is not deemed medically necessary, or when death is ‘not reasonably foreseeable’.

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According to this pathway, introduced in March 2021, a patient with conditions such as fibromyalgia or chronic pain can choose to end their life through MAID.

Now the Canadian government has announced its intentions to expand this provision even further. From March 2024, persons whose “sole underlying medical condition is a mental illness” are set to become eligible for MAID.

“No waiting period” – death within a day

In the slideshow from Fraser Health Care, for those whose death is “reasonably foreseeable”, one slide states that there is “no waiting period” if eligible. Terminally ill patients can be offered a medically assisted death within a day of making a request and being assessed by two independent clinicians.

This slideshow comes as the Canadian government faces backlash after the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying released a report in February that recommends that “the Government of Canada amend the eligibility criteria for MAID … to include minors deemed to have the requisite decision-making capacity upon assessment” … READ MORE. 

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