In January 2013, Mme Véronique Hivon, minister with the government of Québec announced the government’s plan to allow “medical aid in dying” before the summer. The word euthanasia was not used at the press conference but nonetheless, it is clear that this is what is intended and will be permitted as part of a continuum of end of life care. While the practice is prohibited under the Criminal Code of Canada, the Québec government is forging ahead anyway.
The Physicians’ Alliance for the Total Refusal of Euthanasia based in Québec has produced a video that rightly points out that “Medical aid in dying is killing.” See the video at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0giQwjORpN8
A few years ago Alliance for Life Ontario distributed a flyer which asked the following question:
“You wouldn’t trust a teacher who harmed children.
You wouldn’t trust a chef who poisoned customers. So how could you trust a doctor who helped to kill patients?”
Neither consent nor motive changes the reality. Killing the patient should not be the “treatment” for suffering