Bereaved mother speaks out against euthanasia (MAiD)

By Sharon Danley

Editor’s note. This was published on the blog of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and reposted with permission.

My son was euthanized by the Canadian Government’s Medical Assistance In Dying or MAiD program on Dec 12, 2021.

What proof was demonstrated regarding my son’s pain or his mental well-being by MAiD? Nobody contacted me, his Mother, to check, corroborate, question or confirm my son’s reasons. It appears the adjudicators accept what a person says without any thorough investigation? There is also no oversight of the adjudicators.

MAiD doesn’t appear to consider the devastating fallout to family and loved ones, nor do they offer grief counseling before or after the exterminations.

I’m now speaking out as a bereaved Mother who I am sure is not alone in the wake of these highly questionable “exterminations” being committed with this program.

The bigger issue is, how much further is this program going to go? It was originally for those suffering with a terminal lifespan who were in pain. It’s now escalated to an amendment being proposed in March 2023 to include people who are depressed.

This is definitely a very slippery slope my friends. Who gets to define “quality of life” and how is it measured? Further where is the money in all this?

Will the homeless, troubled teens, disabled, dementia patients, politically incompatible, religious affiliation or physically complex babies be the next targets for euthanasia in future amendments?

It’s a serious question given our sorrowful history. In my opinion, MAiD is actually a Trojan horse and has turned out to be a way to rid society of the “less desirable” across the board. MAiD is reminiscent of 1930’s Nazi Germany when the disabled were sterilized, then euthanasia of children and adults with disabilities and finally genocide.

The constant broadening of the program is very serious. Please critically ponder this program and speak about these highly questionable proposals with your friends, family and colleagues. And please contact your MP’s – on either side of the aisle and ask them to STOP where MAiD seems to be inevitably headed.

Thank you,
Sharon Danley