Death of mentally incompetent man shows euthanasia system subject to abuse

A Canadian couple who lost a mentally incompetent family member to assisted suicide say they’re alarmed that Ottawa is trying to expand a euthanasia system already subject to abuse.

Gary and Trish Nichols of Edmonton are publicizing the case of Gary’s brother, Alan, who died in 2019 at age 62 in Chilliwack General Hospital through a Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) procedure he had requested.

Gary Nichols said his brother suffered the effects of a brain injury sustained as a child and was depressed, mentally incompetent, and certainly did not face imminent death.

“My whole problem with (MAiD) is, like, the government opened the door and, of course, people and physicians just make it wider,” he said in an interview.

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