By Nancy Flanders
During a documentary from The Telegraph, Dr. Konia Trouton told Telegraph staffer Steven Edginton that she had been an abortionist before becoming a practitioner of medical assistance in dying (MAiD) — after she could no longer profit from abortion.
The documentary, Canada’s woke nightmare: A warning to the West, touched on many of the issues facing Canada today. One was the topic of assisted death, along with the pressure both individuals with health conditions and their doctors are put under to participate in it. Trouton, a social justice activist, shared her support of physician-assisted death with Edginton in addition to her quick path to becoming a MAiD practitioner.
“Most of my career has been with abortion care, women’s health, reproductive rights, social justice and I’ve just tried to integrate what I believe in with what’s happening on the ground,” she said. “And so when the legislation came through on assisted dying, it was the same year that we got mifepristone in Canada. So mifepristone’s the drug that people can take a tablet for abortion, so my skills and need for doing surgical abortion was limited and I thought oh, there’s an interesting change in the law happening, which is also about social justice, which is also about a person’s autonomy. I wonder if I might like to get involved in that.”
Canada’s MAiD law passed in 2016 before undergoing an overhaul in 2021 that allowed assisted death for “eligible persons who wish to pursue a medically assisted death whether their natural death is reasonably foreseeable or not.” (emphasis added) During the same time frame, in January 2017, mifepristone (the first drug of the two-drug abortion pill regimen) was first dispensed in Canada after being approved in 2015.
In 2021, there were 87,424 abortions reported in Canada, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information. About 40% of those — 32,210 — were carried out by use of the abortion pill. According to CBC, the abortion pill now outnumbers surgical abortions 2-1 in New Brunswick, and 68% of abortions covered by Medicare are chemical abortions.
Trouton saw the writing on the wall: abortion was moving towards a DIY/self-managed experience. And though research shows at least six percent of women who took the abortion pill required a visit to urgent care or the emergency room, she would not be the one caring for the women who would suffer complications from the abortion drugs. She was a surgical abortionist and knew her “skills” were not going to be as in demand as before.
While surgical abortion numbers were declining, assisted deaths were rising. From 2020 to 2021, they rose by 35%. Surgical abortion may have been a dying market, but the medically-assisted death market was booming.
The natural next fit for Trouton after years of aborting the vulnerable in the womb was to “help” the vulnerable outside of the womb — the sick and the elderly — to commit physician-assisted suicide. It makes sense since the two industries go hand in hand, offering the same single solution for life’s challenges and sufferings: death.
Rather than help, abortionists and assisted death doctors end the problem by killing the person.
If you’re homeless and pregnant the abortion industry offers one option: kill your preborn baby. You’re still homeless but your baby won’t be. If you’re homeless, the assisted death doctor’s solution is to kill yourself. You’ll be dead but at least you won’t be homeless.
If your preborn baby has a medical condition, the abortionist’s solution is to end your baby’s life through abortion. If you have a medical condition, the euthanasia doctor’s solution is to end your life through assisted death.
The comparisons go on.
Just as there is no reason required to have an abortion at any point in pregnancy in Canada, the nation is heading down a path in which no reason will be needed to undergo medically-assisted death, either. Canada has been chipping away at its laws surrounding assisted death and Trouton is hopeful that in March of 2024, the nation will allow individuals to undergo assisted death even if their only health concern is a mental health issue. Recommendations have already been made to allow minors to request MAiD without parental consent.
Despite claims from doctors and patients that they are being pressured to partake in assisted death, Trouton feels “reassured” that “clinicians are involving quite a number of consultants to determine eligibility.”
The expectation has become that if you have a certain illness, you should seek physician-assisted death just as the expectation is that if you are pregnant with a baby with a health condition, you should have an abortion.
Soon, if eligibility requirements continue to be removed from the law, assisted death will be the same free-for-all that abortion is in Canada, which means assisted death will become the expectation for anyone considering suicide for any reason, just as abortion is becoming the expectation for any pregnant woman dealing with any challenging situation.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Live Action News and is reposted with permission.