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Mentally Ill Woman Euthanized in Canada

I did a radio interview yesterday warning that I expected Canada to, one day, allow euthanasia as a “treatment” for serious mental illness.

Today, I find out it already happened. A court apparently allowed a mentally ill woman to be euthanized. From the CTV story:

In the case of E.F., court documents show the 58-year-old woman told the court she was “suffering intolerable pain and physical discomfort,” and “that her symptoms were irremediable.” She said she suffered from muscle spasms, digestive problems, immobility and periods of insomnia.

She said she was exhausted from her suffering, as well as depressed and fully mentally competent yet unable over eight years to find any effective treatment.

Despite objections from the attorneys general of Alberta and B.C., who argued E.F.’s condition did not meet the criteria of being terminal, the Court of Appeal sided with E.F. and allowed a doctor to help her die by suicide.

Dr. Ellen Wiebe, a former family physician in B.C. who has become a vocal and prominent advocate of medically assisted death, says she met with E.F. and knows how she suffered. “The case of E.F. is so important because she was the only case where someone received an assisted death for…mainly a purely psychiatric condition,” Wiebe told CTV News.

So, Wesley? She was suffering! She sure was.

That’s the logic. So let’s quit pretending that assisted suicide will ever remain solely for the terminal ill–once society accepts the premise that killing can be a proper remedy to suffering–and have an honest debate rather than the crapola about strict guidelines.

Canada is following the path trod by Belgium and the Netherlands. (Mark my words, euthanasia conjoined with organ harvesting within a few years.) We will too one awful day if we get on Assisted Suicide Highway.

 

Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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