Taylor Hyatt spoke out, quite eloquently this morning, about the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to decriminalize assisted suicide:
On Friday a shaken Hyatt called the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling allowing doctor-assisted death both disappointing and worrisome, especially for its inclusion of “disability” among “grievous and irremediable” medical conditions that might be included in physician-assisted suicides.
“I was expecting, at the very least, a specification that assisted suicide was meant for people who were facing terminal conditions. Instead, people with disabilities were mentioned and this means that anyone who feels that they are suffering in their current condition could request help ending their life, and that includes me.”
Hyatt says she believes the ruling will change Canadian society. “This ruling warps the perception of people with disabilities. It paints it as very negative and hopeless and I would like to know why people are being invited to end their lives rather than being given resources they need to truly live and thrive.”
It’s a dark day for Canada, friends.