(LifeSiteNews) — Pro-euthanasia lobbyists want Canada’s assisted suicide via lethal injection laws to be extended to drug addicts, which critics warn could lead the nation down a dangerous path nearing “eugenics.”
At a recent conference of the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM), there were calls by some euthanasia providers in attendance to allow Canadians with drug addictions to be allowed to, in essence, kill themselves with the aid from the government via legal medical assistance in dying (MAiD), which will soon be expanded to those suffering from mental illness.
The CSAM conference was held over the weekend in Victoria, British Columbia. Per a recent Vice News report, Dr. David Martell, physician lead for Addictions Medicine at Nova Scotia Health, was at the conference to present an idea for “assessing people with substance use disorders for MAID.”
Martell said that he did not “think it’s fair, and the government doesn’t think it’s fair,” to exclude people from “eligibility because their medical disorder or their suffering is related to a mental illness.”
He added that as a “subset of that, it’s not fair to exclude people from eligibility purely because their mental disorder might either partly or in full be a substance use disorder.”
“It has to do with treating people equally,” he claimed.
Martell has been performing MAiD since it became legal in 2016 but said he has not heard from addicts that they want the procedure.
Despite his ideas on allowing MAiD for addicts, he said he does not want to “promote or push this on people,” adding that if an addict came to him asking for MAiD he is not sure if he would do the procedure.
Critics, however said, as per the Vice report, they are not happy with the notion that addicts could be given access to MAiD based solely on the fact they are users.
“I just think that MAiD when it has entered the area around mental health and substance use is really rooted in eugenics,” noted Zoë Dodd, who works as a harm reduction advocate in Toronto.
“And there are people who are really struggling around substance use and people do not actually get the kind of support and help they need,” Dodd added.
On March 9, 2024, euthanasia in Canada, or MAiD as it is known, will expand to include those suffering solely from mental illness. This is a result of the 2021 passage of Bill C-7, which also allowed the chronically ill – not just the terminally ill – to qualify for so-called doctor-assisted death.
The mental illness expansion was originally set to take effect in March 2023. However, after massive pushback from pro-life groups, conservative politicians, and others, the Liberals under Trudeau delayed the introduction of the full effect of Bill C-7 until 2024 via Bill C-39.
The delay in expanding MAiD also came after numerous public scandals, including the surfacing of reports that Canadian veterans were being offered the fatal procedure by workers at Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC).
To combat the vulnerable falling as possible victims to MAiD against their will, the Delta Hospice Society, based in British Columbia, recently launched a national “Guardian Angels” initiative. This program aims to help ill and vulnerable Canadians stuck in the healthcare system have a personal advocate on their side to champion the “sanctity of life” over euthanasia.
“We are committed to helping you and your loved ones to ensure the enrichment of life to its natural end,” DHS said about its program.
Legal euthanasia comes at the same time as Trudeau feds relax hard drug laws
Since the Liberal government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau legalized euthanasia in 2016, his government has continued to push to further expand those who can qualify for state-sanctioned death.
As for Health Canada, it says that MAiD is not available for those “solely on the basis of lack of social supports such as housing and mental health and addiction services.”
Also, the government has also gone out of the way to relax the nation’s drug laws by first legalizing marijuana in 2018 and then hard drugs on a trial basis in one province.
Canada has a large drug problem that has gotten worse. Deaths from drug overdoses in Canada have gone through the roof, notably after the Trudeau government relaxed the nation’s hard drug rules in British Columbia.
Trudeau’s federal policy put in place in May 2022 in effect decriminalized hard drugs on a trial-run basis in the province of British Columbia. While the policy was approved in 2022, it did not come into effect until February 2023.
Under the policy, the federal government began allowing people within the province to possess up to 2.5 grams of hard drugs without criminal penalty, but selling drugs remained a crime.
The policy has been widely criticized, especially after it was found that the province broke three different drug-related overdose records in the first month the new law was in effect.
Recent attempts to stop MAiD expansion have failed. Just last week, MPs in Canada’s House of Commons voted down a private members bill introduced by Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) MP Ed Fast that would have repealed the expansion of euthanasia laws to those suffering from mental illness.
Since being allowed, euthanasia deaths have gone through the roof in Canada.
According to Health Canada, 13,241 Canadians died in 2022 by MAiD legal injection, which is 4.1 percent of all deaths in the country that year.
Over 13,200 Canadians died by MAiD in 2022 which is a 31.2 percent increase from 2021.
The total number of Canadians killed by lethal injection since 2016 now stands at 44,958.