Canada revives "death panels"

February 23, 2018 |

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.


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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.

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  • James Kelly

    03/03/2018 01:16 PM

    Morphine sulphate is used in hospice to relieve discomfort for a terminally ill patient. l believe in Michigan I have observed it used on such a patient who was not in pain, along with advice not to give that patient water. The patient specifically asked patient's spouse "don't let me die". Not in pain, was given lots of morphine, no water. After death nurse dumped left over morphine into kitchen waste basket.
    1994 Delaware my mother was in a nursing home unable to walk due a spinal problem. Nurse gently reminded me that morphine sulphate would reduce breathing rates, to zero. I let Mom breathe.
    Glad you religious people object to this. Costs a lot to keep someone alive in the last few months of their lives. $$$$. Cheaper if they can be helped to leave a bit ahead of schedule. Money, money, money. Versus Christianity. Hope you win (I'm 77)

  • DENNIS BURNS

    02/28/2018 11:50 AM

    PAIN MANAGEMENT HAS REACHED A VERY HIGH LEVEL...the terminally ill need not suffer...SOME DO RECOVER! HUH! how does that happen???ASK God about that---- He is the giver of life and only He has the right to remove it...

  • John M. Gonser

    02/27/2018 03:58 PM

    Assisted suicide, euthanasia, abortion, murder, all names for the same thing. I can only imagine the Evil One's glee in hearing these terms bandied about in such a positive way by our "enlightened" social engineers. the intentional taking of an innocent human life is murder, and there is no amount of candy-coating that will sweeten the mash enough to make it moral.

  • Theresa Carver

    02/26/2018 05:26 AM

    I've seen Hospice in action. It is a caring and dignified process for all involved no matter what age. It's always hard on those left behind, but when you know you will see them again, it's somewhat easier to accept. Prays for those suffering and for caretakers.

  • Elizabeth Honaker

    02/25/2018 07:28 PM

    The first commenter regarding the subject of euthanasia is confused. Many, many people fear death, because they have not made their peace with God. To routinely speak of "their life is ended" represents an OUTSIDE judgement that NO one is allowed to make for another human being. Euthanasia is merely a convenience for people who cannot look death in the face. These people feel power in directing death for other people; it has nothing to do with "mercy killing."

  • Mike Smith

    02/25/2018 04:21 PM

    My wife died after two years of treatments for cancer. The last two weeks were horrible for her. If not euthanasia, at least enough drugs so the end doesn't have to be so bad. It's not possible to know exactly WHEN death will happen, but it was pretty obvious she had reached a point of no return.

  • ines gutierrez heuer

    02/24/2018 01:36 PM

    Governor,
    When one is done living it is mercyful to receive eutanasia.
    Anything else is masochistic with one, the family and the state.