By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
On February 24, the Canadian federal government introduced Bill C-7 in response to the Quebec Superior Court decision. On September 11, 2019, in Truchon v. Canada, the Court struck down that section of Canada’s euthanasia law requiring that a person’s “natural death must be reasonably foreseeable” before qualifying for death by lethal injection.
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What does Bill C-7 do?
1. Bill C-7 removes the requirement in the law that a person’s natural death must be reasonably foreseeable in order to qualify for assisted death. Therefore, people who are not terminally ill can die by euthanasia. The Quebec court decision only required this amendment to the law, but Bill C-7 goes further.
2. Bill C-7 permits a doctor or nurse practitioner to lethally inject a person who is incapable of consenting, if that person was previously approved for assisted death. This contravenes the Supreme Court of Canada Carter February 6, 2015 decision, which stated that only competent people could die by euthanasia.
3. Bill C-7 waives the ten-day waiting period when a person is deemed to be “terminally ill.” Thus a person could request death by euthanasia on a “bad day” and die the same day. Studies prove that the “will to live” fluctuates.
4. Bill C-7 creates a two track law. A person who is deemed to be terminally ill would have no waiting period while a person who is not terminally ill will have a 90 day waiting period before being killed by lethal injection.
5. Bill C-7 falsely claims to prevent euthanasia for people with mental illness. The euthanasia law permits Medical Assistance in Dying [MAiD] for people who are enduring “physical or psychological suffering that is intolerable to them and that cannot be relieved under conditions that they consider acceptable.”However, mental illness, which is not defined in the law, is considered a form of psychological suffering.
Why should I be concerned?
Euthanasia (MAiD) was legalized in June 2016. From that date through December 31, 2019, there have been more than 13,500 MAiD deaths in Canada. There were more than 5,400 such deaths in 2019 alone.
Bill C-7 expands the law to permit anyone who considers their physical or psychological suffering to be intolerable to qualify for death by lethal injection, even if effective medical treatments for their condition exists. Bill C-7 allows medical homicide for people who need treatment and care. (Link to Bill C-7)
Please sign the petition: Reject euthanasia Bill C-7.
Please contact your member of parliament and state your opposition to Bill C-7 and any expansion to the already dangerous euthanasia regime in Canada.
Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.