The Canadian Medical Association points out in their article entitled, “Canadians want end-of-life care brought out of the shadows – CMA seeks to bring finding of national dialogue to Supreme Court of Canada“ that:
— MPs from all three parties voted unanimously to pass a resolution urging creation of a panCanadian strategy on palliative care.
“This was a very positive development for palliative care,” Dr. Francescutti said. “We had been concerned that assisted death was sucking up all the attention from the crying need for palliative care in this country, and we raised this concern with a lot of MPs.”
The national dialogue focused on three main issues: advance care directives, palliative care, and physician-assisted dying.
To the provocative title of this article, I say, if they want euthanasia “brought out of the shadows” why is it cloaked in euphemisms like “terminal palliative sedation” and “medical aid in dying”? Has it occurred to them that crimes like homicide are usually performed “in the shadows” and ought not to be brought out except to prosecute the perpetrators?