Were these people all dying? No. In my province of Alberta we know that MAID was given to non-terminal people. A spokesperson with Alberta Health Services said the most cited health conditions were cancer, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). We know that ALS and many cancers are terminal, but multiple sclerosis is not. In fact, people with MS have nearly the same life expectancy as the general population. Medical assistance in dying doesn't apply to MS; a more precise term is medical killing.
Orchestrating changes to public moral consensus happens gradually. The extent of the real agenda is not revealed until the public mindset has be massaged and suitably numbed. Look at abortion.
Forty-five years ago, it was initially presented to the nation as being restricted to cases where a woman's life or health was threatened, all the while not disclosing that health included a very loose definition of mental health. Within a decade abortion was widely available, at taxpayers' expense, to Canadian women for any reason or no reason whatsoever. Things got so bad that by 1983, abortions outnumbered live births in Canada's largest city of Toronto. Acceptance of something so horrible as the killing of unwanted children prior to birth was imbedded into Canadian society. What was unthinkable in the past becomes accepted in the present and commonplace in the future.
What are Christians to do? I propose establishing a network of freestanding, Christ-centered, hospices in the model of crisis pregnancy centers that are situated across Canada, and supported, in large part, by churches. These community hospice services would clearly and unequivocally invite the sick, disabled and dying into the embrace of Christian love, hope and inclusion.
|The Martyrdom |
I can personally attest to God's ability to reach through serious disability and incurable illness with eternal hope and joy. Only in Christ can true human liberty be found.
You can see a short video (3:35) about the story of Telemachus entitled "The Story of a Liberty Man" click on the link below. The manner of Telemachus' death may be disputed (a sword in the chest or stoning) but the fact that Telemachus was martyred is beyond dispute.
 See Catholic Online website, Saint Telemachus, (http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=740 ). Also: Favourite Monks "Telemachus: The monk who ended the coliseum games" (http://prayerfoundation.org/favoritemonks/favorite_monks_telemachus_coliseum.htm )