Roger Foley is a disabled Canadian man. He claims that he is being denied medical treatment and the opportunity for independent living services. Instead, his hospital is offering him assisted suicide.
Foley has recorded some of his horrifying interviews with hospital staff. The CTV article which publishing the interviews states:
When Foley asks the man how much he’d have to pay to remain in hospital, the man replies, “I don’t know what the exact number is, but it is north of $1,500 a day.”
Foley expresses shock at the figure and tells the man that he’d just read an article that quoted the Ontario health minister saying it’s “not legal” for hospitals to coerce patients like that…
“Roger, this is not my show,” the man replies. “I told you my piece of this was to talk to you about if you had interest in assisted dying.”
In another recording:
Foley tells the man that he’s “always thinking I want to end my life” because of the way he’s being treated at the hospital and because his requests for self-directed care have been denied.
The man is then heard telling Foley that he can “just apply to get an assisted, if you want to end your life, like you know what I mean?”
When Foley says that he is being forced to end his life, the man protests and says that’s not the case.
“Oh, no, no, no,” the man is heard saying. “I’m saying if you feel that way…You know what I mean? Don’t get me wrong. I’m saying I don’t want you to be in here and wanting to take your life.”
When the Supreme Court of Canada overturned Canada’s law prohibiting suicide, they rejected the claim that legalisation of assisted suicide could lead to vulnerable patients dying without a rational and considered desire to die.
Stories of overseas abuse were brushed off and declared anecdotes. They thought Canada would be better. They were wrong. This case proves that. The assisted dying regime is being abused in Canada just like it is everywhere else that restrictions have been lifted.
The same rhetoric is currently being used in New Zealand. Don’t believe any of it. Whenever assisted suicide has been legalised around the world, it always became a tool for patient abuse.
Make your voice heard. Tell your MP that you oppose assisted suicide. Tell this story to your friends. If New Zealand legalises assisted dying, the choice to die for some will ultimately remove the choice to live for others.