Psychiatrist and disability leaders react to Canada’s expansion of euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Reporters Omar Sachedina and Brooklyn Neustaeter published an article for CTV News concerning the reaction of proponents and opponents to Bill C-7 after it passed. 

The two interviews of concern were with Jewells Smith, the Chairperson of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, and Psychiatrist, Dr. John Maher.

Smith stated that expanding assisted dying in Canada concerns racialized and disabled communities based on inadequate community supports. 

“It’s a lot cheaper for the government to offer medical aid and dying than to offer the services people with disabilities need to live full lives”

Dr. Maher responded on how Bill C-7 will affect his psychiatric patients. 

that the upcoming rules that could allow medical assistance in dying solely because of a mental illness don’t take into account that those suffering from severe illness may not be capable of making the best decision for themselves.

“Last week I had a patient in her 30s who refused treatment who wants MAID. This is a young woman, who will get better who literal has –she’s in her 30s — she has at least 50 years of life left, “ Maher said.

The euthanasia lobby claims the expansion of euthanasia is a victory for freedom. People with disabilities and those who live with mental illness, who will die a premature death, do not represent a victory but rather Canada’s shame.

Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.