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BC Health Authorities Must Stop Using Euthanasia to Replace Medical Care

Dear BC Health Minister Hon. Adrian Dix

In the past few years, a horrific trend has emerged where health authorities in British Columbia are increasingly promoting medical aid in dying (MAiD) while refusing to provide life-saving medical care to those who need it the most.

For instance, Jennyfer Hatch, whose death by euthanasia was highlighted in a commercial by Canadian retailer Simons, claimed that she was approved for MAiD after trying and failing to receive proper treatment for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome from BC health authorities, and after they failed to provide her with appropriate palliative care.

Meanwhile, it has been recently revealed by the media that Fraser Health has included slideshows promoting euthanasia and assisted suicide to healthy people receiving their pension packages.

I hear more and more stories about people in BC despairing over their inability to receive life-saving medical aid from BC’s healthcare system. Meanwhile, British Columbia has seen a 24% rise in euthanasia deaths in 2022.

Recently Kim Angell, from Ladysmith BC, was denied access to extending cancer treatment because she is considered incurable.

As BC’s Health Minister, I demand that you put a stop to the promotion of MAiD as an alternative to life-saving medical treatment and that you ensure that all who are eligible for MAiD are given access to proper medical care to keep them alive, as well as appropriate palliative care.

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