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 have to improve our quality of care, enhance our palliative care options and ensure quick 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 health issues but able live so that issue people with disabilities and support services are advocating to protect from assumptions there live not worth living.
New medical assistance in dying legislation becomes law
Thursday March 17th,2021
Govt of Canada website
Krista Carr talks about Bill C-7 on BBC World News
This is a proposed Changes to Canada Medical Assisted in Dying Law
Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)
On Wednesday of this week, the final vote on Bill C-7 was held in the Senate, with 5 amendments. Some of these amendments broaden the scope of the Bill to include, for instance, access to MAiD when the sole cause of suffering is a mental illness as well as the addition of advance directives. The amended Bill passed with 66 in favour, 19, opposed and 3 abstentions.
The Bill as amended will go back to the House of Commons next week (either Tuesday or Wednesday) where it will be debated by MPs and voted on.
We are in the final days to defeat this Bill. If you would like to reach out to your MP and ask them to vote no, now is the time to do so.
- Letter from the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities identifying the human rights violations likely to occur if Bill C-7 is passed.
- Canada is plunging toward a human rights disaster for disabled people: Washington Post
Joint Statement by Ministers Lametti and Hajdu on court ruling to extend the Truchon decision on medical assistance in dying
This on inclusion Canada website go the link here
People First strongly believes that disability should not be a criteria to give a person access to medical assistance in dying.People First of Canada Executive Director Shelley Fletcher says the unintended consequences of this bill could be deadly to Canadians with disabilities and an attack on their human right to self determination.“We can’t let this happen. Please act now. Send an email, make a phone call, tag your MP in a social media post. Let’s fight this,” Fletcher said.
People First of Canada joins the disability community and concerned citizens online on Facebook and Twitter, using #killthebill to bring greater awareness to the issue.The debate continues this week in the House of Commons. -30-Media Contact:Toby McCraemccraecommunications@gmail.com204.770.4234About People First of Canada People First of Canada is the national voice for people who have been labeled with an intellectual disability.
We are about rights –human rights, citizenship rights, accommodation rights, and language rights. We believe in the right to freedom, choice, and equality for all.We see ourselves as self-advocates and full citizens of our country –living equally in the community. We see ourselves as people first, and as people who have taken back control of our lives from families, policy makers and professionals such as support workers, doctors, social workers, and others, who, for far too long, made decisions for us.
This on People First of Canada Website go the the link here
The Right To Die Is Coercive Without Giving Support To Live
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 and Television
House passes revised assisted dying bill with Liberal, Bloc Quebecois support
Expanded medically assisted dying bill passed by House of Commons after Liberals force vote
Lack of evidence-based medicine in debate around new MAID law should concern Canadians
Disability rights advocate opposes expanding assistance in dying
Trudeau government should rethink its flawed changes to assisted dying
Senators amend assisted dying bill to put 18-month time limit on mental illness exclusion
Feb. 10, 2021
Senators to begin final debate of medical-assistance-in-dying law
Chris Selley: Canada is as unprepared to expand access to assisted suicide as it was to fight COVID-19
Taking MAiD way too far
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
Disability rights advocates urge Senate to reject medical-assistance-in-dying bill – Feb. 8, 2021
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)