With March 17, 2024, looming ahead, Canadians are fast approaching a pivotal juncture for our nation’s conscience. On this day, the expansion of Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) laws is set to take effect, extending the option of MAID to those with mental illnesses. Additionally, there’s a consideration to allow those under 18 years of age to access MAID privately without family consent.
This is not merely a change in legislation; it’s a profound shift in our societal approach to mental health, and its implications cannot be overstated.
At Crossroads’ 100 Huntley Street, we have been at the forefront of this conversation, bringing to light the voices that often go unheard—the vulnerable and the suffering. Through dialogue with experts and advocates, we’ve sought to illuminate the complexities and dangers inherent in permitting medical assistance in dying for those with mental health conditions.
The stories we’ve shared spotlight the inherent value of every life, including those touched by mental health challenges. They remind us that recovery is possible, that hope can be found, and that every moment of life is precious.
Consider the gravity of the situation: since MAID was legalized, tens of thousands have ended their lives through its provisions. If we extend this path to the millions suffering from mental health conditions, the future we are paving could be one of irreversible choices made in moments of deep despair.
But we can alter this path. The actions you’ve taken thus far have already begun to shape the discourse. Public opinion is evolving; political leaders are starting to listen. As we count down to March 17, our collective efforts must intensify.
If you care about this issue, here’s what you can do:
- Speak Up: Reach out to your local Member of Parliament. Resources at www.theefc.ca/haltmaid can guide your conversation.
- Pray: Join us in prayer for compassion and wisdom to prevail within our government and communities.
- Watch 100 Huntley Street on Wednesday, February 21st for a 1-hr special program featuring voices from the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and Christian Legal Fellowship.
- Connect: Offer support to those around you who are battling mental health issues. Share the Crossroads 24/7 Prayer Line (1-866-273-4444) as a beacon of hope.
- Contribute: Your donation or monthly support to 100 Huntley Street will enable us to continue this vital conversation and advocate for those who cannot do so for themselves. Visit https://donate.crossroads.ca/100huntley
The window for action is narrowing, but our resolve must not waver. We have the opportunity to stand together for life and hope. Let us not look back on this moment and wish we had done more.
Let’s act now, for our families, for our communities, and for our country.