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Canadian Plan To Euthanize Mentally Ill People Delayed, But Not Because The Plan’s Insane

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Canada’s plan to allow euthanasia for the mentally ill faced a setback as the health-care system was deemed unprepared.

Critics argued that the idea is morally unjustifiable and raises profound questions about the value of human life.

The government’s approach to mental illness has been criticized, especially in light of its stringent COVID-era measures.

“The (health-care) system needs to be ready,” Health Minister Mark Holland said. “It’s clear from the conversations that we’ve had that the system is not ready and we need more time.”

“It’s a grotesque notion: Once we get a handle on Canada’s myriad mental health-care crises, then we’ll be in a morally justifiable position to euthanize the mentally ill? Once we solve the housing crisis, then it’ll be fine to euthanize the homeless? These are artifacts of a debate that has gone miles off the rails,” Chris Selley wrote.

“‘Not ready’ aren’t the words Canadian politicians are looking for. ‘Not ever’ are the words,” he said.

The proposal has sparked debate about compassion and the government’s responsibility to improve mental health support, leading some to question the country’s commitment to human welfare.

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