A new Research Co. survey has found that more than 25% of Canadians support medically assisted suicide for homeless and poor individuals.
The survey, which was released earlier this month, showed that over a quarter of respondents believe the government’s “Medical Assistance In Dying (MAID)” program should allow assisted suicide for individuals whose only affliction is homelessness or poverty.
Assisted suicide has become increasingly popular in Canada in recent years after the government took steps to increase the list of valid reasons for the practice. As the practice has become increasingly deregulated in Canada, more people are turning to suicide as a solution for their problems. While lawmakers have recently been moving toward allowing assisted suicide for minors, it currently is only available for adults with serious medical conditions — but mental illness will be included in that list starting next year.
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“You do not need to have a fatal or terminal condition to be eligible for medical assistance in dying,” according to a webpage published by the Canadian government.
The Research Co. survey shows that a significant number of Canadians approve of expanding the MAID program to people who aren’t even terminally ill. When asked whether assisted suicide should be available for homeless people, 11% of respondents “strongly agree,” while 17% said they “moderately agree.”
When asked the same question about poverty, 11% of respondents “strongly agree,” while 16% of respondents said they “moderately agree.”
The poll also asked about whether mental illness should be allowed as a reason for assisted suicide, and the approval numbers were even higher — with 16% of respondents saying that they “strongly agree,” and 27% saying they “moderately agree.”
Respondents were also asked whether parents should receive criminal penalties for helping their child obtain assisted suicide. While 51% approved of penalties ranging from “a fine but no time in prison” to “a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment,” a shocking 24% said they should receive “no penalty at all.”
This survey comes after numerous reports about Canadians who have turned to assisted suicide due to financial problems. According to The Daily Wire, “Amir Farsoud, who receives government assistance for his chronic back pain and was informed that the home he shared with two other people was listed for sale, applied for medical assistance in dying to avoid homelessness and received approval from one physician. Strangers fundraised more than $44,000 online when his story made international news, prompting him to change his mind.”
Critics of assisted suicide have blasted the Canadian government, arguing that governments with socialized healthcare systems are incentivized to promote assisted suicide because it saves the government money on funding treatments for those patients. This is especially concerning after a bombshell report showed that a Canadian veteran was offered assisted suicide when she complained about delays in having a wheelchair lift installed in her home.
“I have a letter saying that if you’re so desperate, madam, we can offer you MAID, medical assistance in dying,” said retired Army Corporal Christine Gauthier, who injured her back during a 1989 a training accident.
Meanwhile, other critics are condemning the individuals who approved of expanding assisted suicide in the recent survey: