New laws are due to soon come into effect in Canada that will allow the government to begin euthanizing mentally ill patients and “mature minors” without the consent of their families.
Canada already has some of the most liberal euthanasia laws in the world.
The country first passed its Medical assistance in dying (MAID) laws in 2016.
MAID was originally intended to give terminally ill patients an option rather than dying a slow and painful death.
However, the Canadian government has been slowly expanding these laws since they were first introduced.
In March 2023, eligibility for MAID will extend to those with a mental illness.
Bill C-7 would allow individuals seeking MAID to apply solely on the basis of a mental disorder.
More worryingly, the legislation allows for “mature minors” to apply for “assisted suicide” without needing the consent of their parents.
Prior to the bill’s passage, MAID eligibility was based on having a “grievous and irremediable medical condition,” according to a report from the Canadian government on the practice.
However, Canada’s MAID laws now allow almost anyone who can claim some form of hardship or disability to receive physician-assisted suicide, regardless of how minor those disabilities might be.
His brother claimed doctors railroaded Nichols into killing himself.
Nichols’ family said that hospital staff helped him request euthanasia and pushed him to do it, a story that has been repeated many times by other disabled or sick Canadians.
Earlier this week, Creighton School of Medicine professor Charles Camosy discussed the expansion of MAID on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Camosy told Carlson that the bill allows “mature minors” to be euthanized by state doctors without the consent of their parents.
The professor argues that the MAID practice exists for several groups already.
He warned that the Canadian government is using the laws to euthanize sick and poor people rather than treat them under the federal-funded healthcare system.
“We’ve got the homeless, we talked about that last time,” he told host Tucker Carlson.
“The poor. The disabled. Those with chronic pain.
“And then right before coming on, I researched the physicians group in Quebec that wants to kill newborn infants.
“That’s what’s coming next.
“This is what happens when autonomy just goes nuts.”
The medical humanities professor said health care has been “hyper-secularized” in recent years and is based on “cost-benefit analysis.”
Camosy said he doesn’t think this type of law would come into effect in the U.S.
Though he did warn that doctors need to focus on saving the lives of their patients: “What we need to do is support, in whatever way [we] can, health care that is about caring, not killing.”
“There’s a coalition of people coming up with a brand new medical school, the Padre Pio School of Medicine in 2026, that is going to do this very clearly, very ably,” he added.
“We have to get off the couch and do something about this for those of us that see the writing on the wall here,” Camosy concluded.
Oregon was the first state in the U.S. to approve medically assisted suicide, with a law going into effect in 1997.
California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, Vermont, Washington state, and Washington, D.C., have approved similar laws, all with residency requirements.
Montana’s Supreme Court has ruled that state law does not prohibit medical aid in dying.
As Slay News recently revealed, calls for the laws to be expanded to include babies have also been gaining support.
A report from the National Post shows that some parents are already asking for their children to be euthanized.
According to the Post, some Canadian doctors have said, “that specific and explicit requests for MAID have come from parents involving very young children.”
Dr. David Lysecki, a pediatric palliative care specialist at McMaster University’s department of pediatrics said that some parents are seeking death for their child, even though with surgery and life support “we can sometimes keep their body alive for years.
“But that child would never be able to process the outside world in a cognizant way.”
“Some families ask, ‘If they’re going to die at the end of this anyway, maybe three weeks from now, and we don’t believe they’re going to have meaningful positive experiences between then and now, why must we all have to go through this period of waiting,’” he said.
“We are not at all talking about babies born with a handicap,” said Dr. Alain Naud, a family physician and clinical professor at Laval University, and one of the most vocal advocates of assisted dying in Quebec.
“We are really talking about situations which, at birth, are incompatible with life in the short term — in a matter of days, weeks, or months.”