Canada Considers Assisted Suicide for Mentally Ill

“Euthanasia of people with autism, depression, schizophrenia and dementia in the Low Countries represents a global moral crisis for psychiatry, and all of medicine, that can no longer be ignored.” – Charles Lane

Is assisted suicide wrong? For the terminally-ill who are on their deathbed, I’m not sure. It is a gray area. While murder is wrong, it’s almost more humane to allow them to end their pain.

Now, terminally-ill aside, is assisted suicide wrong? Should it be legal for doctors to administer medicine to end a person’s life, if they are mentally-ill? I’m not talking about a ‘psycho who goes on killing sprees’ kind of mentally ill, but more along the lines of autism, schizophrenia, depression, etc….

No. It is not okay. However, parts of Europe practice it, and now Canada is weighing the options of ending the ‘suffering’ of people who cannot be helped by modern medicine. I don’t think that is the answer here.

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Opponents, who use terms like “physician-assisted suicide” or “physician-assisted euthanasia,” ask how a mentally ill person can be deemed mentally competent enough to form a rational, authentic will to kill himself or herself.

They also dismiss claims that granting the mentally ill a right to a physician’s help in dying is compassionate. To them it’s the opposite. Among those is Wesley J. Smith, a bioethicist and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

“Once society broadly accepts the agenda of killing as an acceptable end to human suffering,” said Smith, who is a consultant to the Patients Rights Council. “We eliminate suffering by eliminating the sufferers.”

“Once society broadly accepts the agenda of killing as an acceptable end to human suffering, we eliminate suffering by eliminating the sufferers.” – Wesley J. Smith, consultant to Patients Rights Council

Charles Lane wrote in the Washington Post, that opened such doors to suicide would be a very slippery slope. I agree. Where is the line drawn when people who want to die are enabled? They don’t think about death because they actually ant to die….they do so because they are lacking hope and just need something they can hold onto. Why aren’t we administering hope rather than suicide?

He pointed to Europe. Lane noted that over the previous two years the “Belgian medical system administered lethal injections upon the request of five non-terminally ill people with schizophrenia, five with autism, eight with bipolar disorder and 29 with dementia — an increasingly common condition in the aging Western world — as well as 39 with depression.”

Lane also challenged the medical profession to oppose helping mentally ill people kill themselves.

“When I say giving access to the mentally ill, I’m not talking about someone who has a panic attack once every two years. I’m not talking about someone who has a tendency for melancholy…I’m talking about treatment-resistant patients. The people whom modern science can’t help.”– Adam Maier-Clayton, assisted suicide advocate who took his life in April

Lane said, “Euthanasia of people with autism, depression, schizophrenia and dementia in the Low Countries represents a global moral crisis for psychiatry, and all of medicine, that can no longer be ignored.”

How does eliminating someone who is tortured make society any better? That will not create any kind of Utopia..

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