Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Assisted death involves a doctor along with the patient

Shanaaz Gokool, CEO of Dying With Dignity Canada, and Richard W. Ivey, chair of Dying With Dignity Canada’s Patrons Council agree with medical assisted death, or more correctly called, euthanasia.

They wrote a letter to the National Post saying this, in reply to Barbara Kay's article where Kay discusses the need for palliative care.

I responded to Gokool and Ivey's letter with my own letter published today in the National Post.

National Post 4 Apr 2018 Patricia Maloney, Ottawa
Re: Choosing how we die. Letter to the editor, March 31 
I am strongly opposed to medical assistance in dying, but that’s not the point I want to make. 
When discussing medical assistance in dying, Shanaaz Gokool and Richard W. Ivey are being disingenuous. They state: “We don’t get to decide for others; they don’t get to decide for us.” 
Technically I agree with that statement as it stands. Clearly, if someone wishes to commit suicide, they decide this for themselves and I can’t decide for them. 
What I have a problem with is that by definition, assisted suicide is much more. It involves a doctor. A doctor who is against medical assistance in dying must still refer that patient. 
So the “decide” above is actually deciding for someone else: the doctor. And this I cannot agree with.
Patricia Maloney 

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Patti.. Thanks for posting this.. Not enough people are aware of just how much of a baby a ''fetus'' is.. We were lied too about so many things.. When I was young I used an IUD not thinking it through.. I was just told that it prevented pregnancy.. Afterwards I learned much more when I studied biology.. What it actually does is create an automatic abortion.. Now I wonder, in those five years, how many fertilized eggs did it abort.? These ''medical people'' should rot in hell for the lies they have told and damage and pain they have caused done.. Lawmakers should have to study (with pictures) each procedure they pass laws on.. I can see a medical person taking part once but I cannot see how anyone can continue after they have seen the results.. They are recognizable as human, not as fish like we were told.. Babies that are aborted alive and left to die, it's just plain murder.. Consider the pain/torture involved.. Next They'll want to kill children who are born alive but who don't live up to the parent's standards.. Prevent pregnancy by what ever means necessary.. Abortion of any kind at any stage is murder.. Robin/Mrhycannon