An official report from Canada’s far-left government has revealed that a whopping 4 percent of all Canadian deaths in 2022 were the result of euthanasia.
As Slay News has reported, Canada has among the most liberal euthanasia laws in the world.
In recent years, the government has been increasingly relaxing the laws that were originally meant to give terminally ill people an option for dying.
The Canadian government published its fourth annual report on “Medical Assistance in Dying” (MAID) this month.
The document reveals that the number of euthanasia deaths in the country last year was 13,241.
The report states: “In 2022, there were 13,241 MAID provisions reported in Canada, accounting for 4.1% of all deaths in Canada.”
It noted that this represented a “growth rate of 31.2%” for the procedure compared to the previous year.
The report added the total number of euthanasia deaths in Canada since MAID was legalized in 2016 amounts to 44,958 deaths.
More details provided indicated that a “slightly larger proportion of males (51.4%) than females (48.6%) received MAID” in 2022.
The report claims these figures are “consistent with 2021 (52.3% males and 47.7% females), 2020 (51.9% males and 48.1% females) and 2019 (50.9% males and 49.1% females).”
On average, those who were euthanized this past year were 77 years old – “slightly higher than the averages of 2019 (75.2), 2020 (75.3) and 2021 (76.3).
“The average age of females during 2022 was 77.9, compared to males at 76.1.”
Additionally, patients suffering from cancer committed to MAID procedures more than those suffering from other illnesses.
Around 63% of MAID procedures cited cancer as the underlying medical condition, which is a decrease from a 69.1% high in 2020.
Other underlying medical conditions cited were cardiovascular conditions (18.8%), other conditions (14.9%), respiratory conditions (13.2%) and neurological conditions (12.6%).
The report also disclosed the reasons patients requested MAID.
Over 80% of recipients cited the loss of the ability to do “meaningful activities” and “activities of daily living.”
Close to 60% cited pain or concern about controlling pain.
Conservative lawmakers in Canada have decried the legalization of MAID.
This month, Conservative MP Ed Fast told The Toronto Star he worried about the procedures as they expand to those suffering from mental illness.
Fats argues the laws could contribute to a “culture of death” in the country.
“Have we gone too far and too fast with Canada’s assisted suicide program?” he asked.
“Will we evolve into a culture of death as the preferred option for those who suffer from mental illness or will we choose life?”