By Candace Owens
Euthanasia is a slippery slope.
You don’t have to look far to see where the slope goes. Canada, as I’ve mentioned before, is our premiere example of what happens when euthanasia is adopted in a country. Canadian medical professionals, without being prompted or asked, will now give “assisted dying” options to anyone, especially those less fortunate.
Take, for example, a man with a neurodegenerative disease who testified before parliament who “nurses and a medical ethicist at a hospital tried to coerce him into killing himself by threatening to bankrupt him with extra costs or by kicking him out of the hospital, and by withholding water from him for 20 days.” Or, a Canadian veteran who was given euthanasia as his option after calling a hospital with PTSD symptoms.
It is a very scary concept and it’s something that will be coming down the pipeline in America.
Of course, the Left will start with a magical pitch — that euthanasia is for the terminally ill and suffering; that it is “compassionate” legislature. But the next thing you know, there will be perfectly healthy individuals committing suicide because of mental grief, or because they’re going through a period of depression.
Now, I like to look at the comments when we publish episodes because I like to know what you guys are thinking. It helps me keep a pulse on what the public consensus is on any given topic.
I was shocked by one particular comment on YouTube, which, in response to my episode on assisted suicide and the death cult that is the Left, said, “when people are this mentally ill, they will kill themselves. It often is messy and horrible. So, who are you to judge and not give them a decent way out? I don’t understand how you would get there … in this case, I do not agree with your simplistic approach because it’s not that simple.”
It is that simple, in my opinion. No government should have the ability to assist individuals in killing themselves. Depression or mental grief is not necessarily permanent. Being suicidal doesn’t necessarily last forever. Legitimate help should be offered to these people. Offering depressed individuals “a decent way out” aka, killing themselves, is not a solution, especially not when it’s sanctioned by the government.
I’ve never been suicidal, but the turmoil of having over $100,000 in student loans left me very anxious and afraid after finishing college. What if I sought out a therapist during that time, in Canada for example, and said, “there’s nothing to live for.” Do you think the doctor should be able to prescribe euthanasia, at my lowest and most vulnerable point?
The CFO of Bed, Bath and Beyond recently committed suicide by jumping off a building. It seems, from the headlines, he was involved in some sort of financial fraud. Regardless, he committed suicide and left his family behind. Should he have been allowed to get a pill and kill himself?
I often think about women who have postpartum depression after they give birth. Should they just be able to end their lives? Should doctors be able to encourage them to end their lives?
I think of my first boyfriend from high school, who recently committed suicide. It happened when I was nine months pregnant. It was heartbreaking and horrific. He was such a seemingly happy person. No one knew, in my community or otherwise, he was suffering in this regard. He was seemingly doing great in life.
The idea that many believe a doctor or the government should have helped him, my friend, commit suicide because he was in a depressed state is horrifying.
I wish everyone in my hometown would have had the opportunity to help this friend. I wish we knew his struggle and rather than going to a therapist or going to a government, we all could have rallied around him and let him know how much he meant to all of us.
That’s the right answer. These people need help. Periods of grief don’t last forever. Periods of depression don’t last forever.
Having the government, along with medical professionals, step in and offer death at these individuals’ weakest moments is neither decent nor compassionate. It’s society’s “simple” solution to a very human and messy problem.
“The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free hotline for individuals in crisis or distress or for those looking to help someone else. It is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255.”
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