Oh, Canada: Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Now Just Another Medical Procedure (2798)
“Twilight and Shadow”, Howard Shore, from the album “Lord of The Rings – The Return of The King”, 2003
On June 6, the nation’s laws against assisted suicide and euthanasia evaporated by order of the Supreme Court of Canada, stemming from a ruling made in February 2015. The court gave Canada’s Parliament until June 6 of this year to create new legislation. But as the deadline was missed, euthanasia is no longer considered a crime.
Indeed, assisted suicide now carries the same status as any other medical procedure. In Canada, as elsewhere, supporters of the practice have used the terms “death with dignity” and “medical aid in dying” to describe what used to be viewed as killing and punishable under the old law.
Most of us opposed to killing patients use the terms “physician-assisted suicide” or “euthanasia” interchangeably, as both end in the deliberate death of the patient. In the former, patients are given fatal drugs to take home and ingest when they are ready. The latter takes place when a physician actively kills the patient with a hypodermic needle.
The present situation has put many Catholics and other anti-euthanasia activists in a quandary. The vast majority of the House of Commons and Senate, the two chambers of parliament, are enthusiastic supporters of assisted suicide, which means that petitions, writing letters and demonstrations likely will have little impact. (blog note: I have been involved in several anti-euthanasia campaigns at the Provincial and Federal level, and the only response we have ever received are sappy weasel words about reviewing the evidence and our concerns being noted)
“We live in morally confusing times, and it looks like things are going to get a lot worse in what Pope St. John Paul II prophetically called a ‘culture of death,’” said Patricia Murphy, assistant professor of moral theology at St. Augustine Seminary in Toronto. ..
I am sorry Patricia but there is nothing morally confusing about murdering the helpless and the innocent. It is evil now, always was evil, always will be evil, evil and nothing but evil. The Progressives in our country still use the term “Nazi” as a heated pejorative directed against those who disagree with them.
And yet their actions clearly demonstrate that there is not a shred of moral difference between our socialists/progressives and our national system here in Canada and the Nazi German regime in the 30’s and 40’s or the Communists in the Soviet Union, or the Khmer rouge, or the Red Chinese, or ISIS and North Korea in this century. NOT-A-SHRED-OF-MORAL-DIFFERENCE.
This entire policy exercise of murder, choreographed by the faceless suits in the Towers of Power, is nothing less than our own Canadian Liberal’s “Final Solution” for inconvenient people who are deemed by government fiat to be not worthy of protection or not worth protecting. “Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.“)
We are all become “Persons Without Chests” without any intrinsic value or human dignity left to lose. We cannot even hold our own government’s feet to the fire when they contemplate an evil course, so how much less likely are we to hold accountable avowed and active evil in the outside world that threaten us more and more every day. There is no upside anywhere in this for our society and our culture.
And so it continues. First it was babies, and now it is essentially anyone: “who is suffering intolerably with a grievous and irremediable condition,” the old, the young, the sick, the handicapped, all are now target groups. Soon we will be applying the very flexible and oh so useful “quality of life” criteria to make life and death decisions about anyone who disagrees with popular views. Seriously, doesn’t this all start to feel like “1984” and “Soylent Green”?
How many more years will it be before we find ourselves in a place where relatives of the victim(s) (200,000 a year at last count) simply get a letter on government letterhead informing them of the “death” of their relative. This is the place where Belgium and the Netherlands now find themselves.
This is exactly how we arrived at a place here in Canada where abortion is available anywhere, any time, up to and including partial birth at any government funded hospital, on demand, even by teenage children and with no requirement to inform the parents of the teen.
There are no rules or regulation of the Canadian National Abortion Mill that we call public health care. The only concern ever expressed by anyone is about criminal responsibility. The concept of moral responsibility has been successfully and completely purged from the Canadian lexicon. We are not guilty! We are just following orders. We are cheering while the bureaucrats move forward developing our National Death Camp policy.
The phrase “who is suffering intolerably with a grievous and irremediable condition,” does not mean deadly or near-death. “Grievous” is a subjective definition of discomfort and pain, while “irremediable” simply means chronic. And who gets to decide what constitutes “suffering intolerably”, why the bureaucrats of course! Just like Belgium and the Netherlands. Just like being voted off the island, eh?
The ONLY voice that I have heard in the halls of government speaking out against this evil wave lapping now at our necks, is the Hon. Betty E. Unger, Senator from Alberta. Her speech in the Senate can be found here:
And may God have mercy on our souls.