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Euthanasia in Canada

Top 3 things you need to know about Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Canada.

Euthanasia is legal in Canada.

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID), assisted suicide, was made legal in Canada as of 2016. Doctors are required to participate in euthanasia regardless of their conscious rights.

Pain is not the top reason why people ask to be euthanized.

Depression, loneliness and feeling like a burden are the top reasons people ask to be euthanized. 

Euthanasia is being abused by medical professionals.

Studies of other countries with legalized euthanasia show that medical professionals do not properly report cases of euthanasia, especially when mentally ill persons are involved.

What is Euthanasia?

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide are different means to the same end.

Euthanasia

Formerly called “mercy killing,” euthanasia means intentionally making someone die rather than allowing that person to die naturally. Put bluntly, euthanasia means killing in the name of compassion.

Learn more from the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition:

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Assisted Suicide

Also referred to as Medical Assistance In Dying (MAID), assisted suicide is where a non-suicidal person knowingly and intentionally provides the means or acts in some way to help a suicidal person kill himself or herself. For example, a doctor writes a prescription for poison, or someone hooks up a face mask and tubing to a canister of carbon monoxide and then instructs the suicidal person on how to push a lever so that she’ll be gassed to death.

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Questions & Answers

Euthanasia and assisted suicide are controversial. Euthanasia advocates are using the term “die with dignity” to explain their position as a merciful way to treat those who are dying. Isn’t it a person’s right to die when they want to? Certainly no one would be forced to be euthanized, right? Wouldn’t it be better to die peacefully with family and friends?

We answer these questions and many more.

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