by Alex Schadenberg, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, 25 February 2016
A joint committee of the Canadian Parliament has released its report on “Medical Assistance in Dying” (MAID) as part of the process of responding to the February 2015 Carter decision of the Supreme Court.
That decision referred to “a competent adult person”, but the joint committee has recognised that, if assisted suicide is accepted as proper for suffering adults, “it is difficult to justify an outright ban on access to MAID for minors”. They have recommended that assisted suicide for “mature minors” be made available within three years of it being implemented for adults.
The recommendations would permit a wider regime for euthanasia that exists in Belgium, where the law has grown out of control.The report allows assisted death without effective oversight (recommendations 12 & 15) for people who are not terminally ill (recommendation 2), who may be unable to clearly consent (recommendation 7), or for mature minors (recommendation 6), and for people with psychiatric conditions (recommendation 3), including treatable depression (recommendation 4). The report demands that medical professionals, who refuse to kill their patients, must refer those patients to the executioner (recommendation 10).