Euthanasia

Nova Scotia and Ontario report increase in euthanasia deaths.

Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Last March, Canada’s federal government passed Bill C-7 to widen access to euthanasia (MAiD) in Canada (Link to article on Bill C-7).

I have written articles on the increasing number of euthanasia deaths but now Rebecca Lau reported for Global news that Nova Scotia has temporarily put (MAiD) euthanasia referrals on hold as it attempts to deal with a euthanasia backlog. Lau reports:

Nova Scotia Health is placing a 30-day hold on referrals for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) because increased demand has created a “significant backlog.”

According to Nova Scotia Health, the program has already exceeded the total number of referrals received in 2020.

Nova Scotia health is seeking for more medical doctors or nurse practitioners to become involved with (MAiD).

There has also been a significant increase in Ontario euthanasia deaths. Data from the Ontario Office of the Chief Coroner indicates that there were 1875 euthanasia (MAiD) deaths in the first 8 months of 2021 up by 24% from 1517 in the first 8 months of 2020. In the last three months there were 793 euthanasia deaths representing a significant increase in lethal injection deaths.

The euthanasia lobby refer to the increase in euthanasia deaths as a success. 

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