By Mark Pickup
Editor’s note. Mr. Pickup, who has multiple sclerosis, is a Canadian disability rights activist who has spoken at National Right to Life’s annual convention. This appeared on his blog.
“’Take my name off the list, I can’t do any more’ some doctors backing out of assisted death,” by Sharon Kirkey, National Post, February 26, 2017.
Nine months after Canada legalised medically assisted suicide (euphemistically and deceptively termed medical aid in dying), It seems many participating Canadian doctors are not comfortable murdering killing their patients. (See article referenced above.)
Assisted suicide proponents speculate it’s because doctors’ fear of prosecution or distaste for filling out associated paperwork. Yeah right.
Could it be that deep within the human psyche there is a natural repugnance to killing people? Enforced ‘progressive’ groupthink still can’t stifle every human conscience.
- Support doctors who have lost their stomach for killing human beings—whether it be abortion or assisted suicide.
- Encourage them to return to Hippocratic medicine.
- Support conscience rights that are supposedly protected in Article 2: Fundamental Freedoms of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Those include
“Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms (a) freedom of conscience and religion; (b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression…”
What is the point of having freedom of thought, belief or opinion without the ability to express it in word and behaviour? The freedom to be put to death is not the only right in Canada’s Brave New World of tax-funded assisted suicide.
There must also be an equal right for medical professionals not to participate.
Choice goes two ways.