(LifeSiteNews) – A recent poll has revealed that while more than one-quarter of Canadians support expanding euthanasia for those who are poor or homeless, most oppose any further expansion or relaxing of Canada’s so-called Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) laws.
According to a poll conducted by Research Co. released May 5, about 28% of Canadians support euthanasia for homelessness and 27% support it when it comes to poverty.
The same poll shows that about 73% of Canadians overall are OK with the current state of Canada’s MAiD laws, which is down by 3% since 2021.
Broken down, about 48% of Canadians are satisfied with the current MAiD law, with 25% undecided and 27% unhappy with the law.
The Quebec College of Physicians believes Canada’s assisted suicide program, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), can and should be used on infants born with ‘severe malformations’.
This is nothing short of infanticide.
In a recent press release, Dr. Louis Roy from the Quebec College of Physicians claimed that MAiD could be appropriate for babies born with ‘grave and severe syndromes’ for which their ‘prospective of survival is null, so to speak.’
No matter how you spin it, an infant cannot consent to their own death – to decide for them and give a lethal dose is murder.
Sign now to tell the Quebec College of Physicians they cannot issue death sentences to infants with illnesses!
Once the door to killing without consent is opened, the number of people who become eligible to be murdered increases exponentially. Providing MAiD to a person who cannot consent is a standard that is wildly dangerous for all persons with intellectual disabilities in Canada.
Canada cannot begin killing babies when doctors predict that they will not have a good quality of life. Predictions are often based on discriminatory assumptions about life with a disability. Many people diagnosed with disabilities as babies who were expected to not have a good quality of life are now grown adults leading thriving lives.
Providing MAiD for terminally ill newborns is murder! This is a slippery slope towards ending the lives of millions of people either born with or diagnosed with intellectual disabilities.
The Quebec College of Physicians MUST back down from infanticide — SIGN NOW and make them know that you flatly condemn this horrifying practice!
‘It’s murder’: Quebec physicians group slammed for proposing to euthanize ‘severely ill’ babies
Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, noted that his take on the poll is that “Canadians oppose further expansions of euthanasia and support for Canada’s law has dropped.”
“Canadians are not demanding expansions to the euthanasia law and support for Canada’s euthanasia law has dropped,” he noted in a recent blog post.
When it comes to Canadians supporting MAiD for those who cannot get medical treatment, the poll showed that 51% of Canadians support this, with 50% supporting it for those with disability.
Of note is that the poll did not inquire about MAiD for minors.
In comments sent to LifeSiteNews, Schadenberg said he believes the poll results are “accurate only because it shows that there are a core group of Canadians who support euthanasia as well as suicide assistance for nearly any reason.”
“As for the state of Canada and other similar nations, I am convinced that our culture is ripe for killing by euthanasia because our cultural has become radically individualistic,” he observed.
“We have lost the concept of the need to care for the other, or the understanding of the reality is that human beings require interdependence to be happy and fulfilled.”
Schadenberg noted how today there is more loneliness than “ever before” and that is reflected in the increase in suicide rates.
Last week, a private member’s Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) bill that would repeal the expansion of euthanasia laws to those suffering solely from mental illness got its first official debate in the House of Commons.
The bill – officially known as Bill C-314, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying) – was introduced in February by CPC MP Ed Fast. It received immediate praise from Canada’s top pro-life organization, Campaign Life Coalition (CLC), after it passed its first reading.
Schadenberg praised the bill and welcomed the fact it will be debated by MPs.
In speaking to LifeSiteNews, Schadenberg said that what is needed today is for people to “commit to change the culture by our actions.”
“By truly caring for others, by being with others as they are living through difficult physical or psychological conditions,” he told LifeSiteNews.
“Society has changed, but we must focus on rejecting the culture of radical individualism and promoting a culture that cares.”
The expansion to include MAiD to those suffering solely from mental illness came as part of the 2021 passage of Bill C-7, which also allowed the chronically ill – not just the terminally ill – to qualify for doctor-assisted death.
The mental illness expansion was originally set to take effect in March. However, after massive pushback from pro-life groups, conservative politicians and others, the Liberals under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delayed the introduction of the full effect of Bill C-7 until 2024 via Bill C-39, which became law on March 9.
The delay comes after numerous public scandals, including the surfacing of reports that Canadian veterans were being offered the fatal procedure by workers at Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC).
The expansion of euthanasia to those with mental illness will automatically become law in the spring of 2024, but because the date is more than a year away, there is a chance a new government could stop it.
The federal Liberal government under Trudeau legalized euthanasia in 2016. Since that time, he has continued to push to further expand who can qualify for state-sanctioned death.