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In 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled to permit Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) under strict conditions, for persons at the end of life.
Now, in 2020, Parliament is considering expanding access to MAiD. Bill C-7 would allow for many people with disabilities to get assistance in dying because they are suffering.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 is revealing how people with disabilities are under-valued in Canada. Triage guidelines are excluding people with disabilities from life-saving care. Long term care homes are being found to be inhumane. Vital support people are being kept from hospital rooms.
As Canadians grapple with the implications of ending life when suffering becomes intolerable, the lives of people who struggle to live with disability, frailty and suffering hang in the balance.
We cannot sit idly by while the most fundamental rights of people with disabilities are taken away through Bill C-7. We need as many of our allies as possible to speak up and speak out against the removal of the end of life criterion in MAiD.
There are many pathways to a good life – a life that is secure, satisfying and meaningful. Living with pain, frailty or disability should not deny anyone of the opportunity to live a good life.