Tony knew he was dying. The doctor told him that his body was full of cancer. Tony couldn’t walk. He was in a hospital bed with a catheter inserted into his penis.
"They’re going to move you up to the sixth floor," I said.
Tony looked worried. He was an old man, but he asked with a child-like voice, "Is that where they make you die?"
I was a bit shocked and a bit amused. "No, Tony. That’s illegal. They are going to take good care of you. They will give you morphine if you start to feel a lot of pain."
I was glad I could still reassure him in this way because the dark cloud of euthanasia is growing on the Canadian horizon. In early June, the Quebec National Assembly passed Bill 52. This legalizes euthanasia by defining it as a form of healthcare. However, the federal government may challenge the new law in court.
The temptation to end pain and suffering in "hopeless cases" through euthanasia can be strong. When Western nations were more Christian, they resisted this temptation. Now that they have all but embraced cultural Marxism, efforts to legalize euthanasia are steadily gaining ground. Euthanasia is the practice of intentionally killing a person in order to alleviate pain or suffering. It is not ending extraordinary medical treatment in hopeless cases. My views concerning euthanasia also apply to doctor-assisted suicide.
The public is being duped into thinking that legalized euthanasia will give them more control over end-of-life care. To some extent that will be true, however the real agenda behind the movement is to control health care costs and kill-off "bed blockers" in over-burdened hospitals. Therefore, the "right to die" will gradually degenerate into "the duty to die" wherever euthanasia is legalized.
Imagine this conversation between Tony and a doctor, if euthanasia is normalized: "Tony, do you realize we have patients lying in stretchers in the hallways? We can treat them. We can’t treat you. You’re terminal."
"But I’m afraid. I don’t think it’s right."
"Well, of course, you can refuse. That’s your right. But you are going to go through a lot of pain and suffering, and for what? Your situation is hopeless."
What if Tony is semi-conscious? The doctor might say, "Tony, the end is almost near. Do you want us to help you? All you have to do is nod. Nurse, was that a nod?"
"Yes, I think so," she replies. The doctor and this nurse have put hundreds of "Tonys" to "sleep," so this is no big deal.
"Prepare the needle," the Doctor commands.
I have personally heard suffering people repeatedly express their wish to die. Then, more often than not, when they get better or get used to their condition, they regret saying those things. Every doctor-assisted killing profoundly and negatively impacts everyone involved, including friends and family members. Judging from what has happened in nations that have legalized euthanasia, I’m convinced that the promised "safeguards" cannot be trusted and that, over time, many non-terminally ill people would be killed if the practice is legalized in Canada. In Belgium, where euthanasia was legalized in 2002, depressed people are being euthanized, and it has recently been legalized for children who are chronically ill.
Good laws help protect us from ourselves. That’s why Western nations had banned euthanasia for centuries. Good health care is about protecting and promoting life, not killing people. I believe that evil spirits get a perverted satisfaction every time someone is euthanized. Please do all you can to resist the growing culture of death.