America’s death lobby wants to follow Canada’s disastrous assisted death law
By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
A Seattle Times Opinion article published on January 13, 2023 advocates for the removal of the terminal illness requirement before dying by assisted suicide.
In the article, Peter Haley writes about a woman in Washington State who died by suicide because she did not qualify for assisted suicide since she didn’t have a six-month terminal prognosis.
The advocacy article urges Washington State to change their assisted suicide law to become similar to the Canada’s law. It states:
…I’m also angry because we, as citizens in charge of our laws, have badly failed her and many others. We need to improve these laws as Canada’s Parliament did in 2016.
We should drop the six-month requirement and keep the requirements that a patient have a grievous and irremediable medical condition, an advanced state of decline and unbearable suffering from the illness. And we should keep the more general safeguards regarding the patient’s age, mental health, informed consent, unacceptable motives, pressure from family or others, et cetera.
But by removing the terminal illness requirement, Canadians with disabilities have died an assisted death because of poverty, homelessness, an inability to receive necessary medical treatment, and more. Veterans with PTSD were offered an assisted death rather than receive treatment. Canada has approved euthanasia for mental illness, even though it is currently on hold, and Canada is discussing euthanasia for children.
America’s death lobby wants to follow Canada’s disastrous assisted death law. Be careful about what you wish for.
Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission