As­sisted dy­ing is ‘killing the pa­tient’

Windsor Star - - OPINION -

Re: Pro­hibit­ing as­sisted dy­ing does more harm than good, col­umn by Wanda Mor­ris, July 3.

Grey Mat­ters col­umn writer Wanda Mor­ris con­tin­u­ally refers to the pro­ce­dure in ques­tion as “as­sisted dy­ing ” or the gen­tle-sound­ing “MAiD.” These se­man­ti­cal gym­nas­tics hide the fact of what re­ally takes place.

Why not use the proper term, like the di­rec­tor and founder of the eu­thana­sia or­ga­ni­za­tion Exit In­ter­na­tional, Philip Nitschke, did in 2001 when he said, “Killing the pa­tient — tech­ni­cally, yes.” Also, the sur­vey she quotes which shows over­whelm­ing sup­port for this pro­ce­dure would be rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent if the words killing, eu­thana­sia or sui­cide, all of which can ap­ply, were used. Wanda seems to­tally in favour of On­tario be­ing the only ju­ris­dic­tion that al­lows as­sisted sui­cide and yet forces med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als and in­sti­tu­tions to par­tic­i­pate in the killing process. Forc­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion on those ded­i­cated to heal­ing and eas­ing the nat­u­ral dy­ing process vi­o­lates the rights guar­an­teed by the Char­ter.

To al­low it is bad enough. To force oth­ers to do it is bar­baric and dic­ta­to­rial.

Art Bondy, LaSalle

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