Is killing a patient now considered ‘medical treatment’ in today’s West? A massive controversy has been brewing in Canada after a disabled veteran was reportedly offered assistance in committing suicide by Canada’s Veterans Affairs department in response to a request for a home-built wheelchair ramp.
Christine Gauthier, a 52-year-old retired paraplegic Canadian corporal, said that a VA caseworker proposed she takes a Medical Assistance In Dying (MAID) kit in her testimony to Parliament last week.
The longtime athlete, who took part in both 2016’s Invictus Games and the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, claimed the madness began after a request made five years earlier to have a wheelchair lamp put into her home.
“With respect to me, I have a letter in my file, because I had to face that as well,” Gauthier said. “I have a letter saying that if you’re so desperate, madam, we can offer you MAID — medical assistance in dying.”
Gauthier was so upset with the proposal that she wrote a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: “I sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau and that they [Veterans Affairs] offered me MAID and would supply equipment.”
Trudeau said the alleged response was “absolutely unacceptable,” adding, “We are following up with investigations and we are changing protocols to ensure what should seem obvious to all of us: that it is not the place of Veterans Affairs Canada, who are supposed to be there to support those people who stepped up to serve their country, to offer them medical assistance in dying.”
The Canadian prime minister has himself expressed support for doctor-assisted suicide programs for children, as was covered by Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight”:
“Doctors [are] killing kids without telling their parents because kids are depressed?” Carlson asked his guest on the show.
Numerous reports by Canadian outlets have indicated that Gauthier is not the only veteran who the country’s government encouraged to commit suicide; at least four other veterans claimed they have undergone similar experiences.
“We expect all Veterans Affairs candidate employees to interact with veterans with care, compassion and respect and the actions of this one employee is simply disgusting. And I condemn this behavior in the strongest terms,” commented Veterans Minister Lawrence MacAulay.
“We remain confident that this is all related to one single employee, and it’s not a widespread or a systemic issue.”
Another disabled Canadian who drew international attention contemplated taking the same treatment because he was worried he could no longer afford housing:
Canada: A St. Catharines man says he will choose medically assisted death over homelessness. CityNews explores the ethics of MAiD amid concerns some feel they have no other choice.
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