Countries are Authorizing Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide for Young Adults Who Are Not Terminally Ill

Recent headlines highlight how countries are authorizing assisted suicide and euthanasia for young adults who are not terminally ill.

For example, last month a judge authorized a 27-year-old woman in Canada to end her life under the country’s assisted suicide laws. The woman does not suffer from a terminal ailment. She simply has autism.

However, the Canadian court ruled that preventing her “medically assisted death [suicide]” would cause her to suffer “irreparable harm.”

In other words, the court ruled that for this woman with autism dying would somehow be less harmful than living.

In Netherlands, a 28-year-old Dutch woman was recently approved for euthanasia because she is “hobbled by her depression and autism and borderline personality disorder.”

In 2022 a staggering one out of every 20 deaths in Netherlands and one out of every 25 deaths in Canada were the result of the countries’ euthanasia and assisted suicide laws.

Healthcare professionals in Canada have even been told they have a professional obligation to mention assisted suicide to any patients considered “eligible.”

Last month Oregon — one of the first states to legalize assisted suicide — released its annual “Death With Dignity Act” reports for 2023.

The reports found that last year doctors in Oregon wrote 560 lethal prescriptions under the assisted suicide law.

Out of those 560 patients in Oregon, only three were referred for psychological or psychiatric evaluation.

It’s a sobering statistic, given that the overwhelming majority of these people told doctors that their chief end-of-life concerns were losing their autonomy or being less able to engage in activities they enjoyed.

Oregon passed a law last year letting non-residents end their lives under the state’s assisted-suicide law — meaning these numbers are liable to grow in the future.

Patients who are lonely, depressed, or feel like they are losing control over their lives need counseling and support — not a prescription for lethal drugs.

Assisted-suicide actually robs patients of compassionate care.

Being pro-life means believing human life is sacred from conception until natural death, and it means opposing the taking of human life without just cause.

That’s part of the reason why in Family Council helped defeat a very bad bill in 2019 to let doctors prescribe lethal drugs to patients in Arkansas and two bad pieces of end-of-life legislation in 2021. These were flawed pieces of legislation that fundamentally disrespected the sanctity of innocent human life.

Just like abortion, euthanasia and assisted-suicide are murder, and they violate the sanctity of human life.

Articles appearing on this website are written with the aid of Family Council’s researchers and writers.

Guest Column: In Canada, ‘Right’ to Die Becomes Recommendation to Die

Last year, the Canadian government sanctioned the killing of 13,241 people by the euphemistically named Medical Assistance in Dying. MAiD accounted for 4.1% of all deaths in Canada in 2022 and is the fifth leading cause of death in that country. 

The slide down this slippery slope began by first legalizing doctor-assisted suicide for people facing “imminent death” and then expanding it step by step until it was available to virtually anyone who asks for it

In fact, now Canadians don’t even need to ask. Doctors and nurse practitioners there have been told they have a professional obligation to bring up the option of MAiD to any patients considered “eligible.” That kind of suggestion can sound an awful lot like a recommendation to someone struggling with whether or not to live. 

These numbers are just going up, and they will until enough Canadians refuse to participate in Canada’s culture of death. 

Copyright 2023 by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Reprinted from with permission.

Hiding the Stats on MAiD: Guest Column

Late last month, the Vital Statistics Council for Canada released new data about the country’s 2022 death rate, citing cancer, heart disease, and COVID-19 as the leading causes of death. Conspicuously absent was the number of Canadians killed under their country’s “Medical Assistance in Dying” program, which was 13,241 deaths last year. 

When the public noticed the omission, Canadian officials clarified: MAiD deaths are officially attributed to whatever ailment the person cited as the reason for their suicide. Given how expansive MAiD has become, that means there will be deaths attributed to autism, anxiety, and other non-fatal conditions. 

Not only will this hide the skyrocketing numbers of people in Canada dying by state-assistance, it will distort the data public health officials need to track diseases and health trends. Worst of all, it sends the message that disabilities, mental illness, and suffering in general can be as fatal as cancer if we’re not strong enough to handle them.  

That is, like this “official report,” a lie. 

Copyright 2023 by the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. Reprinted from with permission.