Left-wing media outlets around the world have begun criticizing Canada’s assisted suicide laws as citizens turn to euthanasia to escape poverty.
(LifeSiteNews) — Over the past two years, Canada’s euthanasia regime has gone from a hidden horror show to an internationally recognized horror show. The global headlines have been both brutal and damning.
From a Latin American news outlet: “Canadians Turn to Euthanasia as Solution to Unbearable Poverty.” From the staunchly left-wing Guardian: “Are Canadians being driven to assisted suicide by poverty or healthcare crisis?” From the Associated Press: “‘Disturbing’: Experts troubled by Canada’s euthanasia laws.” From the UK’s Spectator: “Why is Canada euthanizing the poor?” From Brazil’s Rio Times: “Canadian government pays poor who can’t ‘live with dignity’ to commit suicide.”
As Justin Trudeau famously announced before all of this came to pass: “Canada is back.”
Even the normally domesticated Canadian press has been reacting in horror to the stories leaking out of our euthanasia regime, like blood under a hospital room door. Although it must be pointed out, with a few notable exceptions such as Andrew Coyne, the press championed the legalization of assisted suicide, obediently switched to using the euphemism “MAiD” (Medical Assistance in Dying) when asked, and generally celebrated the decision as the next step for progressivism.
Despite all evidence presented by the disability community, mental health professionals, and pro-life activists, we were repeatedly told that what is currently happening would never happen. Some were tragically wrong. Some were lying.
Now even the Toronto Star – Canada’s largest and most liberal newspaper – is starting to realize that we may have made an awful mistake. A September news item is titled “’Hunger Games style social Darwinism’: Why disability advocates are worried about new assisted suicide laws.” The story isn’t pretty:
‘The universe,’ David Fancy says, ‘is not a Hallmark card.’ He’s a dramatic arts professor at Brock University, but fairly recently, he’s taken on a new role: helping people coming up against too many barriers in life who want to choose the alternative – death.
He’s been working with one woman, whom he calls Denise for privacy reasons, who’s been on a waiting list for seven years to get an affordable place in Toronto that can accommodate her as a wheelchair user and someone with strong chemical sensitivities (such as to cigarette smoke). He’s been trying to help her fundraise and find housing.
‘It’s a hard slog, because the housing is simply not there,’ he said. Denise is considering another option: two out of three physicians have approved for her to commit legal assisted suicide.
Read that again. Denise wants to kill herself – because she can’t find affordable housing that accommodates her disability. Again: disability advocates warned this would happen, both when assisted suicide was legalized and during the recent debate on expanding eligibility to those with chronic pain, disabilities, and mental illness.