We saw during the Obama years how even orders of Catholic nuns were bullied by the feds to try to force them to pay for contraceptives and abortion drugs. Now, Canada’s liberal government is showing us a new form of government overreach that may revive the much scoffed-at term, “death panels.”
Canada’s government instituted a set of regulations called MAiD (Medical Aid in Dying) that requires hospice providers to offer euthanasia to terminally ill patients. Hospices with government contracts are forced to kill patients who request it. Not surprisingly, this has resulted in protests and resignations at religious-based hospice facilities, where they see their mission as providing end-of-life care, not killing patients in violation of their religious beliefs.
Thankfully, some Canadian politicians who oppose the regulations say there should be an exemption and not just for those with religious objections: anyone who works in hospice care shouldn’t be forced to kill patients or lose government funding.
This is still playing out up north, so we don’t yet know the eventual outcome. The only thing I can predict with any certainty is that, sooner or later, this is an issue that we will have to deal with here. If you think our government would never try to bully members of a religious charity into violating their most sacred beliefs about life and death, I’ll refer you to the attorneys for the Little Sisters of the Poor.