Canada and the Culture of Death

The Mentally Ill are Encouraged to Be Euthanized

Justin Trudeau’s radical nihilistic government is at it again. This time instead of targeting hard working truckers who refused to take an experimental and ineffective gene serum, Trudeau’s government is now after the mentally ill. During March of this year, the Canadian government announced new criteria for their assisted suicide protocol called MAID (medical assistance in dying) to include those suffering from a mental illness. Notice the euphemistic change in wording from what was formerly known as assisted suicide. This is one of the classic Marxist propaganda techniques – change the language to make something really horrible seem more palatable.

The following is taken right from the Canadian government’s website (emphasis theirs): 

You do not need to have a fatal or terminal condition to be eligible for medical assistance in dying. Canadians whose only medical condition is a mental illness, and who otherwise meet all eligibility criteria, will not be eligible for MAID until March 17, 2023. 

So those who would not otherwise die based on their medical condition, or those who are mentally ill (beginning next year) can now get official support in Canada to kill themselves. But to see the total insanity of this statement, we need to first look at the “eligibility criteria” for MAID. Remember to invoke the mental illness clause next year, one must meet all the other established criteria.

Again, this is taken right from the government’s website: In order to be eligible for medical assistance in dying, you must:

  • be at least 18 years old and mentally competent. This means being capable of making health care decisions for yourself.

So maybe you are now asking yourself the blatantly obvious question – how is someone who is mentally ill also mentally competent and capable of making informed medical decisions? The short answer is they are not. In fact, most patients who are normally mentally competent are also not capable of making informed medical decisions. That is why they often rely on trusted family members to help them navigate the twists, turns and myriad of decisions that a medical condition can produce.

Renowned psychiatric, Mark Komrad, MD, wrote a critical commentary in the Psychiatric Times about allowing mentally ill patients to request assisted suicide and mused, “Psychiatrists traditionally have done all they could to prevent suicide. Should they really facilitate it instead?” Data collected in Belgium and the Netherlands where assisted suicide for psychiatric patients has been approved for years reveals this increasing inclination.

In Belgium, assisted suicide for people suffering from psychiatric disorders jumped from 5 in 2004 up to 57 in 2019. The same holds true for the Netherlands as there were only 2 in 2010, compared to 60 in 2020. Komrad also talks about the proverbial slippery slope and states both these countries are also, “…debating and extending euthanasia beyond medical conditions to include those who feel they have a completed a life and are tired of living.”

What we see here is yet another pillar in the culture of death. Instead of trying to treat people afflicted with depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, PTSD or any other mental disorder these nefarious laws and policies now encourage the hopelessness of death. At its core this trend, and all Marxist ideology, is based on the total rejection of God. Those of us who suffer mentally and/or physically (and we all will at some point in our life) can unite our pain with the mystical body of Christ. Through suffering, we become like Christ who endured the cross for our salvation. St. Paul encourages us to offer up our pain as a spiritual sacrifice, “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking* in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church” Col 1:24. The Godless Marxists can’t even begin to understand this, hence their fascination with suicide and death. 

Assisted suicide for any reason robs individuals, both the infirmed and their care givers, of a great opportunity for grace. Our very life is a gift from God that we are to cherish and protect. Let us continue to pray that our country will embrace a full culture of life from conception to natural death and resist the evil trends sweeping across the world.

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