MLA creating fear of palliative care

There are enough safeguards in place, letter writer says.

MLA Throness says he “is concerned that people will fear their safety is in jeopardy when they are in a palliative care.”

When Mr. Throness makes a statement like this he is actually creating that fear. He incites fear to achieve his political goal in trying to block MAiD as much as possible. Does he know we have a law in place that describes exactly how, when and under which circumstances medical assistance in dying can be given? What kind of MLA feeds the idea that there is a possibility that patient safety might be in jeopardy while in hospice facilities? Does he not trust our judicial system? Apparently not because he wants to create a law because he thinks another law might not be obeyed. Think about this for a minute.

Then Mr. Throness goes on that he is concerned that with the normalization of MAiD “death becomes the medicine for every pain that a person is expressing,” does he think that a 39-year-old mother who is dying of cancer wants to say goodbye to her two children of one and three a week or 10 days earlier then she probably would have with a natural death, because of a “bit of pain?” No, it is because of her inhumane, bitter suffering.

The right to a medically-assisted death is a step forward, and we should not take a step backwards again. We live in the 21st century and many countries in the world have already accepted MAiD in hospices….and that was in the 20th century.

A. Holierhoek

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