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Canadian veteran slams Canada’s euthanasia law for targeting peers

by | Jun 20, 2024

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Kelsi Sheren, who was an artillery specialist in Afghanistan and is now the CEO of Brass and Unity a jewelry company which works to prevent military veterans from committing suicide.

Sheren, who was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder upon her return home to Canada and considered suicide regularly, views herself as someone who could have been a candidate for euthanasia.

Sheren is now fighting to protect veterans from MAiD.

Clayton DeMaine reported on June 19 for True North Wire that

She started her fight against Canada’s “medical assistance in dying” program after hearing her fellow veterans had been offered assisted suicide at a time when accessing treatments can be difficult.

DeMaine reports Sheren saying

“Why is it that we can access death care, but we can’t access a genuine treatment that can help us become a functioning healthy, taxpaying part of society?”


Sheren attributes her mental health recovery to the use of plant medicine therapy.

DeMaine continues

“My issue with (euthanasia) is how we are killing people and how we have a predatory behaviour of telling individuals that they can’t heal, they can’t get better, and the solution to their problems is death”

Sheren is concerned with the role of the government in promoting euthanasia.

She said the government shouldn’t be in charge of the program, because many of the problems that lead someone to want suicide could be a result of the government’s mismanagement.

DeMaine reports that Sheren is also concerned with how people die by euthanasia:

She pointed to studies conducted by anesthesiologist and intensive care medicine specialist Dr. Joel Zivot on the effects of paralytic drugs in capital punishment, drugs that he said are similar to those used in the death cocktails offered by doctors in the “MAiD” program.

DeMaine interviewed Dr Joel Zivot concerning his research on the effects of the drugs used for euthanasia.

Zivot warned that the use of paralytics in Canada’s “MAiD” system may be giving patients a “terrifying” death rather than the peaceful death many advocates of the program say it is.

Though there haven’t been large-scale autopsies to study the effects of MAiD, Zivot found that 79% of U.S. prisoners had a “bloody frothy liquid” in their lungs after being executed with two paralytic drugs.

He said paralytics such as propofol that’s used in Canada’s euthanasia programs can do the same thing as the drugs used to execute those prisoners in the U.S., in a process he said was “akin to waterboarding.”

“(Paralytics) have no effect on unconsciousness or pain control, when a person is given only a paralytic they would be very much awake and very much in pain,” Zivot said. “Outwardly, if you looked at a person who was paralyzed, you know, it might look very peaceful because, of course, they wouldn’t be moving at all…but on the inside their internal experience could be quite terrifying.”

He said MAiD practitioners are “suffocating people to death.”

Zivot also warned that euthanasia is also being used to encourage people to donate their organs.

Kelsi Sheren became opposed to euthanasia after learning that soldiers who had served our country were being encouraged to die by euthanasia.

Sheren is right. It is crazy that people who served our country are being offered death rather than treatment to live.

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

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