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Canadians are killing themselves at a record pace.
According to a government report published this month, physician-assisted suicide has doubled since 2017.
A law passed in 2016 named "Medical Assistance in Dying," or MAID, legalized the deadly practice.
Last year, MAID allowed 5,631 Canadians to kill themselves, accounting for 2% of all of the nation's deaths, up from roughly 1% in 2018, with the vast majority being the elderly.
Nearly one-third killed themselves owing to a "perceived burden on family, friends or caregivers."
Canadian physicians often exploit this perception.
For instance, Roger Foley was hospitalized in 2018 with a crippling brain injury.
Once caring for him got too costly, Foley alleges the hospital burdened him with $1,800-a-day charges for assisted living care.
Roger Foley: "They are trying to take my life away from me by a so-called medically assisted death."
Catholicism explicitly forbids assisted suicide and euthanasia.
The Catechism, in paragraph 2282, says, "If suicide is committed with the intention of setting an example, especially to the young, it also takes on the gravity of scandal. Voluntary co-operation in suicide is contrary to the moral law."
In 2019, Pope Francis signed a joint declaration with Jewish and Muslim leaders against euthanasia.
As Wuhan virus fills hospital beds with Canada's elderly, the choice of physician-inspired suicide will target the sick when they're most vulnerable.