Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.
The focus this time: Canada to the ancient Aztecs, “Amateurs!”
First, a little mood music:
All humans will die eventually, so by this measure, apparently suicide doesn’t exist even when you are killing yourself.
“[A] new film featuring the life and death of Marieke Vervoort, who chose death after a small party in 2019. Despite a degenerative condition that caused “agonizing pain,” she was an award-winning Paralympian. (That description does raise questions about her pain treatment.)
“The quote comes from the filmmaker.
“‘Absolutely, people should have the right to say whether they want to have a doctor help them at the last moment. If they’re going to die anyway, this is not suicide,’ she said. The right to die saved Marieke Vervoort’s life, the director said: ‘She was gathering her pills together at age 29. She lived an extra 12 years, with great joys and highs and did wonderful things.’
“The argument is that she did not kill herself because she chose assisted suicide. This strikes me as a cruel distinction, communicating: We’ll do it for you, because we agree your life doesn’t have value anymore.
“Suffering is no joke. Neither is telling people they are a burden and making suicide a preference.”
When you’ve normalized killing yourself, and given people ample reason to not live, you unsurprisingly get more and more people killing themselves.
“The Canadian province of Ontario has seen deaths by state-sanctioned euthanasia skyrocket by 25 percent in the first five months of 2023, meaning the province is on track to see a whopping 5,000 die via the grim procedure this year alone.
“According to up-to-date information posted online by the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC), Ontario saw some 1,866 deaths by medical assistance in dying (MAiD) from January to May 2023. By comparison, in the first five months of 2022, 1,488 people died by MAiD.”
When you have a socialist healthcare system, one way to remove the burden the poor and sick have on said socialist healthcare system is to have the system be so bad that suicide is considered preferable than all the other “free” socialist healthcare combined.
“A quadriplegic woman in Bowmanville, Ont., has applied for medical assistance in dying (MAID), saying it’s easier to access than the support services she needs to live her life comfortably.
“Rose Finlay, 33, has been a full-time wheelchair user since a diving accident when she was 17.
“But for the past year, she says, she’s been without the reliable daily support she needs. Without that support, which includes bathroom assistance, she suffers from recurring urinary tract and kidney infections.
“With no other way to earn an income, Finlay applied for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and says she was told by a representative over the phone that it would take at least six to eight months to have her application approved.
“According to the federal government’s website, the approval period for MAID is only 90 days. MAID allows individuals with ‘grievous and irremediable’ medical conditions to end their life with the assistance of a doctor or nurse practitioner.”