January 22, 2016

Euthanasia in Canada: Are doctors now legally required to kill?

Faith GoldyArchive

Columnist and activist Charles Lewis joined me to talk about the new reality in terms of Canada's euthanasia laws.

I've got lots of questions:

Will the rest of Canada follow Quebec's lead? Are doctors now required to kill patients? How does this effect the abortion debate?



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commented 2016-01-23 01:31:33 -0500
The secular humanist creed: Mindless self-indulgence above all. Especially life.
commented 2016-01-22 16:31:10 -0500
In the end the lefties of today do not value life.
What is “life”?
It would help if that were a clearly understood term. Absent an agreement upon what life is it is difficult to agree upon whether it should be ended or continued. Perhaps awareness of self as an individual is an appropriate understanding of the term since self-awareness is probably the single thing that differentiates us from matter. We often euthanize animals. Are they self-aware? Then again, some on the left have more empathy for animals than people or perhaps consider them as equals – we are all animals in the eyes of those who might think that. Is there a difference then between animals and humans that can define life? How about the individual human can adapt the environment to suit him whereas an “animal” adapts to the environment. So we have life as being a self aware individual that has the ability to adapt his environment to suit himself.
Absent those qualities or abilities we can say there is no life and the question of euthanasia is quickly resolved.

An individual that considers euthanasia and can communicate that concept obviously still has self-awareness. So there is still life there. What about in a coma? We can’t know with certainty if there is any self-awareness in such case. The criteria missing is ability to adapt the environment to one’s self. We could say Stephen Hawking can’t do that and carelessly end his life. He is obviously aware of self and..although immobilized has managed to adapt his environment to sustain himself, even if it is others that make those accommodations.

In being self aware and having the ability to adapt the environment there of course must be a will to continue on and for those considering euthanasia that is perhaps what is missing but that cannot be the criteria used to make that decision. Often an individual faces overwhelming obstacles or circumstances in their life and it makes more sense to him to just give up on overcoming those obstacles. Perhaps rekindling the will to continue is more the part of others than the decision to euthanize.
That may be difficult as well.

While we ruminate on that perhaps we should ask ourselves why we should dictate this action to be an undertaking of those in the medical profession. If it is to exist at all it should be perhaps separated from an industry engaged in the continuance of life.

Whatever occurs we must not let this question slide down the slippery slope of making it a decision of social convenience as occurred during WW II with the poor, useless eaters or those of the “wrong” genetic origin.
commented 2016-01-22 15:12:13 -0500
As long as the procedure is available to those that desire it, I have no problem if some doctors object and decline to provide the service directly. However, they should be compelled to provide referrals as it’s ultimately not the doctor’s right to make this decision for patients. I suspect most doctors will be comfortable with this; dealing with death on a daily basis most of them know how messy the process can be if left to nature; they are generally aware of the limits of medicine.

The “abortion debate”, if anybody thinks it’s still ongoing (it isn’t), has little relationship to this one. Euthanasia is a choice made by a consenting adult of their own free will, and this is a debate free of the competing interests and ethical quandries of abortion.

Regardless of your political beliefs, I think we all agree that your own life is your right and that neither the state nor any other individual has this right to make the choice for yourself.
commented 2016-01-22 13:08:20 -0500
Senior Citizens are a financial burden on society, In the minds of the Left, the sooner they become deceased the lesser the burden.

It is all about filling Marxist slush buckets.

It will not be long before all Seniors are sent to luxury holiday camps, free food, free drinks, top line entertainment and so on.

Then, after two years or so, in the dining room, they will be served their last meal. STOP. END.
commented 2016-01-22 11:08:07 -0500
@ Deborah Graupner commented 11 mins ago
It’s the liberal way, to murder babies, and the elderly!
I read your comment and got to thinking – doctors……….and nurses……………………..

If you have ever read the Hippocratic Oath – historically taken upon graduation – somewhat old fashioned and very out of date in many ways – but still accurate to a fault.

Many people think that doctors still swear the Hippocratic Oath. It is not compulsory but in fact many medical schools now hold a ceremony where graduating doctors do swear an updated version.

In the end the lefties of today do not value life.

I wonder how a doctor or nurse can look in the mirror the day after performing the abortion of a healthy fetus or the willing murder of a person deemed to old to go on.

That is why I actually have little respect for them as people any more.

They may have excellent technical skills but they are quite prepared to murder – at the drop of a hat.

And it will only get worse as it becomes more and more socially acceptable.

Here is the oath:

I swear by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius the surgeon, likewise Hygeia and Panacea, and call all the gods and goddesses to witness, that I will observe and keep this underwritten oath, to the utmost of my power and judgment. I will reverence my master who taught me the art. Equally with my parents, will I allow him things necessary for his support, and will consider his sons as brothers. I will teach them my art without reward or agreement; and I will impart all my acquirement, instructions, and whatever I know, to my master’s children, as to my own; and likewise to all my pupils, who shall bind and tie themselves by a professional oath, but to none else. With regard to healing the sick, I will devise and order for them the best diet, according to my judgment and means; and I will take care that they suffer no hurt or damage. Nor shall any man’s entreaty prevail upon me to administer poison to anyone; neither will I counsel any man to do so. Moreover, I will give no sort of medicine to any pregnant woman, with a view to destroy the child. Further, I will comport myself and use my knowledge in a godly manner. I will not cut for the stone, but will commit that affair entirely to the surgeons. Whatsoever house I may enter, my visit shall be for the convenience and advantage of the patient; and I will willingly refrain from doing any injury or wrong from falsehood, and (in an especial manner) from acts of an amorous nature, whatever may be the rank of those who it may be my duty to cure, whether mistress or servant, bond or free. Whatever, in the course of my practice, I may see or hear (even when not invited), whatever I may happen to obtain knowledge of, if it be not proper to repeat it, I will keep sacred and secret within my own breast. If I faithfully observe this oath, may I thrive and prosper in my fortune and profession, and live in the estimation of posterity; or on breach thereof, may the reverse be my fate!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>End Quote
commented 2016-01-22 10:49:02 -0500
Junior has to make way for all those leeches that he’s allowing to invade our country!
commented 2016-01-22 10:48:00 -0500
It’s the liberal way, to murder babies, and the elderly!
commented 2016-01-22 10:16:19 -0500
It is a slippery slope that will go no where but down hill.

“OK you old folks – line up for your final shot”

The gay boy and the lefties will promote this.

Eventually it will be expected that you will be put down once you reach a certain age or certain health condition.

It will truly come into play as the health care professionals start to say “we cannot afford to keep her alive any longer”

Once that door is opened it is impossible to close.

It is not only coming – it is essentially here now.