Euthanasia proponents in Canada are targeting a hospice program in what is no doubt hoped to be the start of a domino effect.
Delta Hospice in British Columbia refuses to kill its patients, as it recognizes a hospice facility is meant to make its patients as comfortable as possible until their natural death. But Frazier Health, the authority that receives funding through the provincial government, has decided that all organizations it sends money to, including Delta, will euthanize patients.
"The board of the Delta Hospice has maintained a position saying that they oppose euthanasia," relays Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. "On top of it, they maintain the position that euthanasia's not compatible with hospice care. Further … part of their articles of incorporation say that they do not hasten death."
But Frazier Health is warning Delta that maintaining that policy will end their funding, thus shutting down the hospice facility.
"If the Delta Hospice is forced to do euthanasia, then the other hospice organizations that are also holding out … will be in a situation where they will also likely be forced to do euthanasia," Schadenberg warns.
In Delta's case, there is a hospital across the street that does euthanize patients, so the question is why Delta Hospice is being compelled to offer services that are already available nearby.