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Expanding Canada’s Radical Euthanasia License


That didn’t take long. When Parliament legalized euthanasia for people with medical conditions leading to “foreseeable” death, many in the media and among the “experts” yelled that it was too restrictive.

And unconstitutional. Based on the Supreme Court’s forcing of Belgium-style euthanasia onto the country, they are probably right.

Let the lawsuits begin. From the Globe and Mail story:

In a test case on the highly charged issue of whether the right to a medically assisted death should belong only to those who are already dying, a 25-year-old woman with a muscle-wasting disease is claiming the constitutional right to be protected from suffering that could last decades.

Julia Lamb of Chilliwack, B.C., filed a constitutional challenge to the Liberal government’s assisted-dying law in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday, just 10 days after Parliament passed the law. She does not wish to die now, but says the law denies her the peace of mind of knowing that if her suffering becomes intolerable, she has a way out.

But here’s the thing. If she gets depressed because of a personal loss of some kind unrelated to her disease, she would still be able to be lethally injected, without the bother of being provided suicide prevention. Is it any wonder that disability rights organizations believe — correctly in my view — that their constituents are now targets?

I find it quite interesting that U.S. media are downplaying the coming of lethal injection euthanasia to Canada. Could it be that they know it will prove the lie of the supposed “terminal illness” limitation?

My prediction: The Supreme Court will overrule Parliament. Even if it doesn’t, the gravitational force of popularly approved euthanasia will see disabled and mentally ill people killed at the speed of injected muscle paralyzing poison hitting the heart.

And the actual reason for wanting to die — and the potential that if kept from being killed many would later be glad they are still alive — won’t matter a whit.

Image: Canadian Parliament via Wikicommons.
Cross-posted at Human Exceptionalism.

Wesley J. Smith

Chair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Wesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.



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