A shocking 4 in 10 Canadians living in poverty are also individuals living with a disability. On October 8, 2022, Global News aired The New Reality report which states that it is poverty, rather than pain, that is driving individuals to choose medically assisted death.
Last year, the federal government expanded eligibility for folks who are NOT terminally ill for medically assisted death. In March, it is anticipated further expansion will include individuals living with mental illness.
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The controversary is not about individuals who are terminally ill and choose medically assisted dying. This report is about individuals with a disability who are living in poverty and see medically assisted dying as an escape.