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Canadian veteran offered assisted suicide instead of PTSD help

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Canadian veteran offered assisted suicide instead of PTSD help

A Canadian armed forces veteran called Veterans Affairs asking for support for post-traumatic stress disorder, but instead, Global News recently reported, the service agent asked him if he wanted to access Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD). Global News didn’t name the veteran for privacy reasons, but Veterans Affairs confirmed an exchange between a veteran and Veterans Affairs employee “where medical assistance in dying was discussed inappropriately,” and it announced an investigation into the incident.

What are Canada’s euthanasia laws? Canada legalized euthanasia for terminally ill people in 2016. In 2021, it expanded the laws to allow MAiD for people with “grievous and irremediable” conditions that aren’t terminal. On March 17, 2023, Canada will expand MAiD to include people whose sole condition is related to their mental health.

Dig Deeper: Listen to Les Sillars’ report in Doubletake about a Canadian doctor’s choice to move to the U.S. because of his pro-life beliefs.

Anna Mandin

Anna Mandin is a journalism student at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Canada. She graduated from World Journalism Institute in June 2022.

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