Canadians Killed By Assisted Suicide Claimed They Feared Being A Burden On Family And Carers

Over one third of Canadians who were killed by assisted suicide in 2019 claimed that they feared being a burden on family, friends and caregivers if they continued to live. Michael Robinson, SPUC Director of Communications said: “These are devastating statistics which show that offering people the choice to end their lives creates unacceptable pressure for them to choose death. Our current law protects every citizen and we should work to enhance life for sick, disabled and elderly people, not pass a law which offers them death as a solution to their problems.”

The suicide statistics, First Annual Report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada 2019, was published by the Canadian government in July 2020.

According to the statistics, 5,631 Canadians were killed by assisted suicide in 2019, which is almost double the death toll compared to 2017.

The report details how 34% of those killed by Canada’s suicide programme claimed that they “feared being a burden on family friends or caregivers” if they continued to live.

Since assisted suicide was legalised in Canada in 2016, 13,946 Canadians have lost their lives.

Assisted suicide puts pressure on vulnerable people

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