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What a Euthanasia Future Looks Like

Canada’s Supreme Court pushed the country into the euthanasia abyss with a radical ruling imposing doctor-administered death on the country. It gave the nation 1 year to pass laws governing the practice.

With the question of legalization safely behind them–and no longer having to pretend euthanasia will be limited–a report by euthanasia “experts” issued by the Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group issued a set of 43 recommendations to govern the practice in Canada that illuminates the actual goals of the euthanasia movement. 

It is an eye-opening document, including the following proposals:

  • Nurses should be allowed to kill patients.
  • Child euthanasia should be permitted.
  • There should be no waiting periods to be made dead.
  • A patient should be allowed to receive euthanasia immediately upon receiving a qualifying diagnosis (which is explicitly not limited to terminal illness per the Supreme Court).
  • No conscience opt-outs: Faith based institutions and objecting physicians should be required to either do the deed or be complicit by finding others willing to so do.

I analyze and discuss in more detail over at First ThingsHere is my conclusion from that essay:

Eliminating suffering by eliminating the sufferer is not seen by euthanasia supporters as a vice, but as a virtue.

Indeed, the Advisory Group’s recommendations evidence that doctor-prescribed death could become the favored approach to dying.

Lest anyone doubt that the same dark forces are acting in the United States, People magazine has splashily published at least three major hagiographic stories on Brittany Maynard, made internationally famous by the A-list media as an avatar of compassion and enlightenment because she promoted and committed assisted suicide.

The culture of death is very real. The jury is still out about whether the USA will, lemming-like, jump off the cliff after our Canadian cousins.

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