By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
I received an email from a person, whose Aunt died by euthanasia, even though she might only have a bladder infection.
This email letter proves out that the supposed safeguards in Canada’s euthanasia law are ineffective and ignored by euthanasia doctors who are deciding who lives and who dies.
The letter is edited for privacy:
“My Aunt … was just Euthanized today Nov 9, 2016 by Lethal injection at … Retirement Home … in BC. We were called to a meeting at … Hospice on Nov 7, 2016 to be told for the first time that our … Aunt had requested to be Euthanized. We were told it would take at least 10 days. My sister and I argued that our Aunt appears to only have a severe Bladder infection. The Hospice Doctor said he would look into having her urine tested for this before they proceed with Euthanasia.
“The same day we were sent over to our Aunts apartment to witness the doctor (that is going to give our Aunt the Lethal injection) having our Aunt sign the document to give her the permission to do the euthansia. After the Doctor read out the document to My Aunt; the doctor went and got a woman that works in the kitchen to initial all the questions for my Aunt. The Doctor brought two people to be witnesses into the room that had been witnesses for other Euthanizations.
“When we mentioned the urine tests we had asked to be done; the euthanizing Doctor said it would make no difference because my Aunt has already signed permission for her euthania. The euthanizing Doctor said she is going to put a rush on the Euthanasia. To my even more shock the Doctor gave My Aunt the lethal injection today. It all took less than three days from start to finish. The Doctor did the three Doctor visits to my Aunt in three consecutive days. I am so upset.
“This was so wrong …
This letter indicates that the euthanasia doctor was not concerned that the woman may only have a bladder infection and the legally suggested 10 day waiting period was simply ignored so that the lethal injection occurred within 3 days before the woman could change her mind.
Sadly this letter proves that the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition’s assessment of euthanasia Bill C-14 was correct.
Bill C-14 required a 10 day waiting period unless the doctor waived the waiting period, meaning it was a false safeguard.
Bill C-14 required the person’s natural death to be reasonably foreseeable, but at the same time the bill stated that the doctor or nurse practitioner who does the lethal injection must only be “of the opinion” that the person fit the criteria of the law. In other words, the law provided legal cover when a physician or nurse practitioner mistakenly kills someone.
The Aunt is dead and now it is too late to suggest that after 10 days her bladder infection may have cleared up and her request for lethal injection may have passed.
For more information read: New assisted dying law will claim unintended victims.