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The Coming Medical Authoritarianism

by | Aug 28, 2015

By Wesley J. Smith

Authoritarianism3reCanada’s medical establishment intends to force all doctors to kill patients legally qualified for euthanasia–a radically broad category–or find a doctor who will.

If doctors refuse, they will be punished. I call this authoritarian threat, “medical martyrdom.”

But most Canadian docs want nothing to do with killing. From a Canada Medical Association Journal story:

According to results of a CMA member survey presented at the meeting, many doctors remain opposed to assisting in a patient’s suicide. Only 29% of those surveyed said they would consider providing medical aid in dying if requested by a patient, 63% would refuse outright and 8% were undecided. Of those who would consider providing assistance, fewer would do so in cases of nonterminal illness (43%) or psychological suffering (19%).

There is power in these numbers! If the majority refuse to kill–and support any doctor that the medical colleges want to punish for so refusing–they can prevail. Dutch doctors did against the Nazis!

So hang together, ethical Canadian doctors. Or, surely your careers will be euthanized separately.

Editor’s note. This appeared on Wesley’s blog.

Categories: Canada Euthanasia