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Euthanasia's slippery slope gets steeper in Canada every year

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Over the decades when the legalization of euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide was being debated, the vow by its proponents in Canada was that there would be no slippery slope and certainly never any compulsion for physicians to take part.

In a little more than four years, those promises that opponents always knew were hollow have been abandoned.

With every year that passes since Feb. 6, 2015 — when the Supreme Court of Canada ruled unanimously to allow physicians to kill their patients — the slope in Canada keeps getting steeper and slicker.

Last Wednesday, the Court of Appeal for Ontario ruled that doctors in that province must refer their patients seeking what is now euphemistically being called MAID (Medical Assistance-in-Dying) to a physician who will kill their patient.

In his 74-page ruling , Chief Justice George Strathy wrote that patients in a vulnerable state “seeking MAID, abortion, contraception and other aspects of sexual health care, turn to their family physicians for advice, care and, if necessary, medical treatment or intervention.

“Given the importance of family physicians as ‘gatekeepers’ and ‘patient navigators’ in the health care system, there is compelling evidence that patients will suffer harm in the absence of an effective referral.”

This three-panel court ruling and its previous lower court judgment that was being appealed violates Section 241.9 of the Criminal Code on Medical Assistance in Dying, written........

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