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British Columbia euthanasia deaths hit record highs

by | Aug 3, 2021

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The British Columbia (BC) government released the euthanasia stats (MAiD—Medically Assisted Dying) to Terry O’Neill, a reporter for the BC Catholic paper. O’Neill states in his article:

The B.C. Catholic requested the detailed provincial statistics after the federal government’s last two annual reports on the contentious subject failed to break down provincial statistics by health region.

The British Columbia government released the data for the first six months of 2021 indicating that there were 923 reported MAiD deaths,  a 16% increase from 2020. The data from the province of Ontario indicates that there were 1251 reported euthanasia deaths in the second half of 2020 and 1127 in the first half of 2020. Thus it is likely that, compared to the first half of 2020 (we do not have the data), the 923 reported deaths in the first half of 2021 in British Columbia is likely greater than a 16% increase compared to the first half of 2020.

On June 30, Health Canada released the second annual report on euthanasia (where the physician directly administers the lethal drugs) and assisted suicide (where the lethal drugs are provided but not administered). The number of recorded Canadian assisted deaths increased more than 34% in 2020 to 7595 reported assisted deaths up from 5,660 in 2019.

Is there enough killing yet?

Canada’s federal government and the Québec government have both established committee’s to discuss the further expansion of euthanasia in Canada. These committee’s are discussing euthanasia for incompetent people who requested death in their advanced directive, euthanasia for children and they are discussing the rules to implement euthanasia for people with mental illness alone.

The current Canadian government is committed to more killing. 

Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.

Categories: Euthanasia