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Canada Contemplates Euthanasia for “Mature Minors”

15 November 2022

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Nihilism is pervading our increasingly secular world.

The unifying feature across all progressive ideologies today is that they are fundamentally anti-human.

Whether it’s the mad panic to get to net zero — irrespective of the human cost — or the gender botherers’ relentless campaign to strip the term “woman” of all meaning, progressivism is at war with humanity.

Abortion was sold to us as being safe, legal and rare. Now progressives insist that anything other than abortion up until birth, for any reason at all, is a violation of human rights.

Same-sex marriage was sold to us as being about love and equality. Within a few short years of its legalisation, our finest political minds cannot say for sure what a woman is.

And six years after euthanasia was legalised in Canada for terminally ill people suffering intolerable pain and with the end in sight, politicians are about to allow euthanasia for the mentally ill. I wrote about it here yesterday.

But Canadian legislators show no sign of slowing down. The slippery slope is the way in which progressives get things done. It has also been called “the long march”.

Killing Teens

There is now talk that children will be permitted to access death services, and without parental consent.

Of course, the legislation being considered does not call children “children”. One of the charms of progressivism is its linguistic gymnastics that make it easy to forget what one is actually talking about.

Children are referred to as “mature minors” (which is an oxymoron) without any detail as to what constitutes mature or who decides.

Dying with Dignity responsibly recommends that the legislation should only apply to mature minors “at least 12 years of age and capable of making decisions with respect to their health”.

Thank God for that. For a moment I thought they were going to allow 11-year-olds to terminate their lives.

Dying with Dignity insist it would only be in very rare instances that a child would access Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD).

And if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you.

Exponential Growth

MAiD’s first year of operation in 2017 saw 2,838 people opting for assisted suicide, according to a government report.

Five years later the number of assisted suicides had ballooned to 10,064 and accounted for more than 3 per cent of all deaths in Canada

I know. I know. I’m sounding anti-death. I’ll try to look on the bright side.

Here’s the good news…

Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer issued a report in October 2020 stating that MAiD would cut healthcare costs by more than $66 million.

Others — including Aaron Trachtenberg, a research fellow and a doctor at the University of Manitoba, and Braden Manns, a health economist and nephrologist at the University of Calgary — have predicted that MAiD could save the health budget up to $100 million annually.

It’s only a matter of time before the Canadian government starts asking citizens to kill themselves to save lives.

And then — having killed the elderly, the miserable and the disabled — they will be able to boast that they have the best healthcare system in the world, since everyone left alive is well.

You think I’m joking?

Iceland boasts about having “eradicated” Down Syndrome. The unspoken part is that they have done this by aborting almost all unborn babies that test positive for the syndrome.

As Mother Teresa once said (paraphrased):

“There is no poverty like Western poverty.”

Having abandoned belief in God, we now see ourselves as no more than an evolved species in an accidental biosphere.

When Nietzsche said that “God is dead”, he wasn’t celebrating a liberating insight, he was just pointing out that humans are utterly alone in a cold and uncaring universe.

This nihilism is pervading our increasingly secular world.

You have to wonder if we’ve reached some sort of non-adaptive tipping point.

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Originally published at The James Macpherson Report.

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2 Comments

  1. Warwick Marsh 15 November 2022 at 6:26 am - Reply

    Incredibly sad but piognant article about our growing depravity!!!

  2. Kaylene Emery 18 November 2022 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    They may well be anti human James it’s difficult to believe they are not. Personally I’m inclined toward them being anti those humans they can’t control…..as a first step.

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