Within recent years, Canada has made several decisions that are really giving Americans pause. Its crackdown on handguns, along with tight COVID restrictions, are just a few examples.
However, the Great White North is now in the limelight over its use of euthanasia. To be precise, there are grave concerns about the government using assisted suicide as a sort of eugenics or backdoor means of dodging medical care and other services.
Now, there’s a real-life case that only breathes further life into these concerns. This time, it deals with Canada’s medical doctors working with a man seeking assisted suicide, despite poverty being the motivating factor, per The Daily Mail.
It’s Not Looking Good
65-year-old Les Landry is concerned about his financial situation and particularly about ending up homeless. He’s also gone on record saying that he does not want death, but seems to view it as a better alternative than having to live on the streets.
Landry is facing a reduction in benefits soon, which means his financial situation is about to get even worse. The 65-year-old is also allowed by Canadian law to reach out to multiple doctors for euthanasia if he’s not able to find one to help him in the beginning.
After assisted suicide was legalized in Canada, many severely ill patients have found themselves effectively forced into "voluntary" euthanasia by healthcare costs, or even hospitals just refusing to treat them.
Euthanasia is now the sixth leading cause of death in Canada. pic.twitter.com/oqY3H6npuB
— Possum Reviews (@ReviewsPossum) August 14, 2022
Landry’s case isn’t an outlier, either. In Canada, various experts have also floated the idea that helping a disabled individual end their life is better than helping them access the necessary support.
Critics warn that how Canada has chosen to go about assisted suicide is unethical.
Furthermore, there are concerns that those in the medical field may push for someone to simply undergo euthanasia, rather than help a patient get the necessary care they need to live going ahead.
Thus far, the Canadian government has expressed little, if any, restrictions on how it will go about access to euthanasia or the reasons it will entertain someone seeking assisted suicide.
Backlash From the General Public
On social media, worried individuals are ripping the Canadian government for the ease with which it’s willing to use assisted suicide.
It doesn’t help that some medical establishments in the Great White North have been accused of refusing to provide treatment to individuals, on the basis of their being able to access government-approved euthanasia.
Canada and it's free healthcare, now comes with free euthanasia and encouragement to do so for any reason. Sickening. pic.twitter.com/u3nego3ZvJ
— Andrew Brunelle (un/vac/cin/ated) (@AndrewBrunelle) December 8, 2022
Right now, time will tell how Canada chooses to move ahead and whether or not this situation gets worse.
Though right now, the Great White North can expect a lot of attention towards how they’re handling assisted suicide, along with the larger impacts this has on Canadian society.
Are you concerned about how Canada is dealing with assisted suicide and the various societal ramifications that will follow? Please feel free to sound off below in the comments area.This article appeared in Watch Dog News and has been published here with permission.