Assisted dying is ‘killing the patient’
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