What you need to know updates.
The issues people with disabilities have
This law in how it’s written federal government reintroduced Bill C-7. Under the proposed legislation, medical assistance in dying (MAID) would no longer be offered only to people who are dying, but would include those who are chronically ill and disabled, as well. This bill effectively allows medical death on demand for almost anyone who wants it.
What this means for people with disabilities is
Instead, of using the resources that health-care personnel, that they have to improve our quality of care, enhance our palliative care options and ensure quicker access to psychiatric care, our federal government seems more interested in fast-tracking death on demand and dismantling the MAID safeguards that were put in place to protect the vulnerable. Under this bill, you no longer have to be dying to receive medical assistance in dying, therefore the acronym no longer fits. The procedure more accurately becomes medically administered death (MAD). The message that C-7 sends to those with chronic illnesses or disabilities is that their lives are not worth living and that they would be better off dead. As physicians, we fear that this system would quickly change from one that gives people a choice to die, to one that coerces people to die. It’s pure Madness!
As to signals to disabilities you can get assisted in dying when you’re not dying assumption of you are just have life struggle not having roof over your head income assistance isolation mental heath issues but able live so that issue people with disabilities and support services are advocating to protect from assumptions there live not worth living.
For Immediate Release
Thursday, December 17, 2020
TORONTO, ON – The Federal Government has been granted a further extension to the stay of invalidity in the Truchon decision, giving the government more time to review changes to the medical assistance in dying law before the court decision comes into effect. The Quebec Superior Court’s Truchon decision was not appealed, despite pleas from more than 70 organizations. The Attorney General of Canada has been hesitant to pursue the extension, instead leveraging the court’s deadline to prompt extreme haste in the handling of Bill C-7.
Meanwhile disability rights organizations including Inclusion Canada and a number of constitutional lawyers who presented before the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs have noted that the deadline of the Quebec Superior Court should not in any way rush the due diligence of the Canadian Senate, which is currently reviewing the highly discriminatory life and death bill. In the words of Isabel Grant, Archie Kaiser, and Elizabeth Sheehy, “It is a cruel charade to pretend that a trial court decision by a single judge requires an emergency response by federal legislation.”
Upon hearing news of the extension, Inclusion Canada’s President, Robin Acton, commented “Yes, it’s only appropriate that the government has been given more time. This issue isn’t one to be rushed. It appears that many Parliamentarians have yet to truly understand the issue at hand. Our concerns aren’t just about safeguarding people with a disability from coercion or even a premature death. This is about protecting an entire Charter protected group from discrimination and social devaluation, which is the very work of the Charter.”
Bill C-7 has been heavily critiqued for creating a shortcut to an assisted death for people with disabilities who are not dying. Disability rights advocates contend that the bill violates not only the Charter but also the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Bill C-7 directly opposes advice provided by the previous UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilitiesthat “access to MAiD should be restricted to those who are at the end of life; having an impairment should never be a reason for assisted dying to be permitted.”
Krista Carr, Executive Vice President of Inclusion Canada maintains that “Bill C-7 is so clearly unconstitutional. If it is passed as written, I am confident that the law will be challenged. If there’s one thing I know about the disability rights community in Canada, it is that we will not stop defending the equality rights and dignity of people with disabilities in this country. We haven’t stopped before, and we won’t now. But it is shameful that the onus always falls on our shoulders. We are pleading with Parliamentarians to take the time to get this right. And, as it stands, Bill C-7 is not right. If it takes longer to make it so than the time granted by the court, so be it.”
Media Contact: Marc Muschler, Senior Communications Officer, Inclusion Canada, firstname.lastname@example.org
This on inclusion Canada website go the link here
Here is today Federal Govt,s of Canada justice Minister David Lametti announced voted in favor on Assisted in Dying Bill be sent to senate December 10th,2020
This not good for people with disabilities as bill reads still exnoring it
Here is the official Medical Assisted in Dying Legislation
This from Life worth living document
Here you can go to website called Dying With Dignity Canada
Headlines from newspapers
Equality for persons with disabilities on the line in new assisted dying legislation Nov 20th,2020
‘Cold comfort to be offered the choice to die’ when not offered support to live, says disability advocate
Opinion: Bill C-7 equates disability to suffering
Here is a video from Inclusion Canada Executive Director Krista Carr she appears before the Justice Committee regarding Bill C-7
Standing Committee on Justice & Human Rights. Catherine Frazee, November 10, 2020
Remarks for END OF LIFE, EQUALITY & DISABILITY: A NATIONAL FORUM ON MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IN DYING
Institutionalized or Dead | Learn About Bill C-7 and Disability (Medical Assistance in Dying)