In roughly five months, it will be legal in Canada for doctors to kill patients struggling with mental illness or drug addiction who choose the country’s so-called “Medical Assistance in Dying” program. Last year, 13,241 Canadians died by MAiD.
Supporters of MAiD for people with drug addiction promise that safeguards will be put in place, such as requiring multiple attempts at substance abuse treatment first. MAiD became legal for Canadians facing “imminent” natural death in 2016, and the “limits” set then have eroded every year since.
The evil of MAiD isn’t just the false promises. It’s the propaganda of redefining every word of the euphemism. What’s being offered isn’t medical, it isn’t assistance, and it’s not medical assistance as someone is dying. It’s aiding and abetting someone to die—more and more people, in fact, who aren’t terminal or even untreatable, but who are all valuable image bearers of God.
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