Canadian War Vet Speaks Out Against Country’s Euthanasia Law – ‘Disgusting and Unacceptable’
A Canadian war veteran ripped Canada’s increasingly permissive euthanasia laws as ‘disgusting and unacceptable’ in a recent interview with the Daily Mail.
Kelsi Sheren, an artillery gunner who did a six-month deployment in Afghanistan, said that she suffered PTSD after one of her comrades was blown up by an IED during her deployment.
‘That was my first exposure to watching someone die. And that was my first exposure to having to clean up what was left of someone,’ Sheren said.
She said that witnessing the gruesome death of a fellow servicemember caused ‘the reality of what we were doing to hit’ and that she has never forgotten the horrific experience.
Kelsi Sheren's harrowing experience in Afghanistan left her with severe PTSD. As a vocal opponent of Canada's relaxed euthanasia laws, she is advocating for veterans like herself who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. #PTSDAwareness #VeteransMatter
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After coming home from a deployment and her enlistment contract expiring, she said that many veterans she knew were being offered euthanasia rather than being offered mental health treatments or other necessary healthcare.
She called it a ‘disgusting’ approach to ‘people who were willing to put their lives on the line… then you have the audacity to tell them it’s better if you just die’.
Sheren’s experience as a veteran dealing with the Canadian healthcare system is not unfamiliar.
Last year, a disabled Canadian Army veteran and Paralympian blasted the Canadian healthcare system for offering her euthanasia rather than a stairlift.
OH, CANADA 🇨🇦 ~~ Disabled Canadian veteran asks for stairlift, is offered euthanasia instead. 😪 pic.twitter.com/9VlxLSEnQ2
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Sheren said that she faced numerous challenges during her time in the military, which is still primarily male in both the United States and Canada.
‘I knew there was going to be a point in time where I was going to have to show up in a different way than most people would,’ she said. ‘But it was exciting to me.’
Discussing her harrowing experience in Afghanistan that led many soldiers to have PTSD, she said they were fighting an enemy that wanted ‘every single one of us dead.’
‘We were fighting an enemy that wanted every single one of us dead… by any means necessary,’ Sheren recalled.
She said that Canada’s current euthanasia policy is ‘disgusting,’ particularly towards veterans who have sacrificed significantly for their country.
‘When you take people who were willing to put their lives on the line for you, for your safety, then you have the audacity to tell them its better if you just die… it is one of the most disgusting things,’ she said.
Some patients have even reported being pressured to choose euthanasia by doctors who cite the costs of medical treatment and hospital stays.
"Some medical professionals even bring up euthanasia unprompted as an option for patients, including as a component of conversations about the costs of hospital stays," #Euthanasia https://t.co/NoNmmYd3MQ
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‘It’s unacceptable, and it is one of the most infuriating things to come down from the Canadian administration in the last decade.’ Sheren said of Canada’s euthanasia policy.
Matt Vallière, director of the Patients’ Rights Action Fund, said that countries with permissive euthanasia policies are often sending a message to disabled people that they are ‘better off dead.’
‘Every expansion of assisted suicide and euthanasia simply adds additional subsets of people with disabilities to the group of those who qualify or makes it easier, quicker, or cheaper for them to get it,’ Vallière said.
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