Canada’s euthanasia laws killed my brother
Flo Read meets Gary Nichols, whose brother died by lethal injection in Canada in June 2019.
UnHerd’s Flo Read meets Gary Nichols, whose brother, Alan Nichols, requested euthanasia and died by lethal injection in Canada in June 2019.
I watched more than three-quarters of this — past the 30 minutes, when I could no longer stomach it. What I learned was, (1:) Canadian health care — if it deserves the name — has a procedure called MAID, short for Medical Assistance In Dying, and (2:) this term, despite its sly connotation of friendly domesticity, gives far too much power to PWTTKBs — People Who Think They Know Better, to kill people without regard for what Canada’s MAID law actually says — but it’s all for the best, and there’s no need to consider either the actual physical health of the MAID victim or the wishes of his relatives, who loved him despite his problems, and were left devastated.
MAID seems to be a worldwide trend that got started in ‘progressive’ western Europe, notably in Holland, Belgium and Switzerland. I don’t believe it’s been accepted in Germany yet, perhaps because of that country’s surviving unease about its past achievements in the Euthanasia department, reached in ‘care’ facilities and death camps — even though the regime of those days also did it for a noble purpose, i.e. the improvement of the Race, also known as Eugenics.
I do know a little bit about Dutch healthcare, which employs a lot of PWTTKBs as well. Typically, when you go see a doctor over there, he may decide you have a problem, but he won’t say what, or how it works; you just wouldn’t understand; best leave it to the professionals; and the population seems to conform. This seems to explain how in practice, Euthanasia in that country transmogrified from following the law into the medical profession granting itself unchecked powers over life and death. We are quite convinced that my almost 96-year old mother, who was nowhere near death’s door, was simply killed with an overdose of morphine. Thank God that the US is not quite there yet — but for how much longer?
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