Gregory Chan

Medical Assistance in Dying is a morally reprehensible medical practice. MAiD (the terminology) evades an accurate description of this medical event - this is suicide delivered by a proxy - a physician or nurse practitioner. Despair is suffering without meaning (Viktor Frankl). By allowing MAiD, we are effectively enabling society to abandon our patients, to stop creatively pursuing humanity, to stop finding meaning in the midst of disability and suffering. MAiD unequally offers suicide only to select Canadians, based on government (legislative and legal) criteria. It is a human rights violation. MAiD fractures the pre-suppositional approach to medical care - to enable patients to live well, to do no harm. Who should be offered suicide prevention, and who should be offered suicide assistance? We should resolutely resist suicide in all of its forms.

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