Canada: the world has gone MAD
The government will help you violate your conscience.
We've seen many times before how those pushing for euthanasia and assisted suicide create all sorts of euphemisms to disguise and to soften attitudes away from natural repulsion at the thought of a doctor killing a patient or in helping them to suicide.
Medically Assisted Dying is one of those fudges. Or, as the Canadians are now calling it, 'Medical Assistance in Dying'.
And when the various bureaucracies begin to deal with their processes, procedures and documentation, as is often the case, they will look for an acronym. Though it seems quite apposite to use MAD, this simply will not do.
Instead MAID is now being used on official documents, evocative of a domestic helper or an assistant paid to help make you dead. At least MAID will save on paper, being much shorter than: 'Making your patient dead - a step by step guide.'
If that were not enough to make you shake your head in wonder, the Government of Ontario also wants doctors to register their interest in helping out. The Ontario College of Family Physiciansexplains:
"The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) launched a clinical referral service to support physicians and nurse practitioners. The service is intended to support clinicians who are not able to refer within his or her own professional networks or through their local hospital."
Is it just me or is there something wrong with associating a ministry for 'Long-Term Care' with the abrupt and permanent ending of care?
There's the obligatory hotline number that doctors and nurses can call and a form you can fill out and email (don't forget, under Canadian Law nurses can also 'do the deed'). The idea is that a doctor or nurse can call the hotline to get that all-important second opinion or, indeed, find a colleague willing to give the needle or prescribe the lethal dose.
I wonder if the Minister of Health will issue any kind of notice of such registration. Here again the new acronym works. I can't imagine any doctor wanting a certificate on his or her office wall saying: 'MAD certified'!
Why is the Ontario Government pitching this registration as some sort of public 'service' to 'support' clinicians? The answer lies in the fact that the new Canadian law does not allow a clinician to refuse to be involved in making their patient dead. If they have any objection they 'must' refer and the law says that it must be an 'effective referral' – in other words, a referral to a clinician who will do the deed.
The policy document of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario puts it this way:
"Where a physician declines to provide medical assistance in dying for reasons of conscience or religion, the physician must not abandon the patient. An effective referral must be provided. An effective referral means a referral made in good faith, to a non-objecting, available, and accessible physician, nurse practitioner or agency. The referral must be made in a timely manner to allow the patient to access medical assistance in dying. Patients must not be exposed to adverse clinical outcomes due to delayed referrals."
By what leap of logic does a refusal by a doctor to end a patient’s life become synonymous with abandoning the patient? This is a slap in the face to good doctors everywhere and renders every genuine medical alternative, once the patient has asked to be made dead, into bad medicine or 'adverse clinical outcomes'. Moreover, it invites the conclusion that being made dead is a good clinical outcome. Hippocrates must be rolling in his grave.
To that I offer my own acronym:
CAMADA - Call And Make Anyone Dead Anytime or Can Anyone Make A Dumber Acronym?
I am in awe of the enterprise of companies like Google and Amazon and benefit hugely from using them. But like Daan van Schalkwijk, the author of our lead article today, I am not happy to see them adopting political causes like “gay pride”. Google is organising virtual gay pride parades, with the hashtag #prideforeveryone, for LGBTQ people who are “not free to express themselves”.
It depends on what you mean by “expression”, says Daan, who teaches statistics and biology at Amsterdam University College. Google endorses concrete political objectives like gay marriage and the opening of female bathrooms to transgender females, and there he draws the line. Besides, is “pride” really the summit of human expression? Daan has another proposal.
To finish the week on a frivolous note: The Columbia Journalism Review has a feature called "the lower case", which collects "headlines editors probably wish they could take back". Here's one from The Guardian (high-brow, left-leaning British paper):
Mutilated body washed up on Rio beach to be used for Olympics beach volleyball
Someone tweeted it to the Review with the comment:
I would stick to using a volleyball but, hey, they're the experts.
If you have an eye for ambiguous headlines the CJR is happy to get your submission
|Google, why #prideforeveryone and not #hopeforeveryone?|
Daan van Schalkwijk | FEATURES | 8 July 2016
Can a company that endorses pride be trusted?
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Materialists will be disappointed.
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Gabriele Kuby | FEATURES | 8 July 2016
A strong voice from Europe warns that 'sexual liberation' is anything but.
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Family meals, and someone there to cook them, make a difference.
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Carolyn Moynihan | HARAMBEE | 8 July 2016
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|Canada: the world has gone MAD|
Paul Russell | CAREFUL! | 8 July 2016
The government will help you violate your conscience.
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