C: YouTube screenshot via Dying with Dignity Canada

Canadian abortion doctor boasts of euthanising man ‘incapable’ of choosing assisted suicide himself 

Canada’s controversial euthanasia and assisted suicide policy has once again come under the spotlight – after a Canadian abortionist who has personally euthanised more than 400 people made headlines by boasting about ending the life a man who was denied assisted suicide. 

During a recent seminar for physicians working in assisted suicide, Ellen Weibe, an abortion doctor who also works with ‘Dying with Dignity Canada’ boasted about helping a man to end his life after he failed to qualify for MAiD (medical assistance in dying).

A MAiD assessor had rejected the unnamed man, because he did not suffer from a serious illness, and he did not have “the capacity” to make informed decisions about his own personal health. 

According to Dying with Dignity Canada, Dr Wiebe now restricts her practice to “women’s health and assisted death”. She is the Medical Director of Willow Women’s Clinic in Vancouver, and provides both medical and surgical abortions. 

Dying with Dignity Canada, in a bio for Wiebe, details how she “developed Hemlock Aid – aid in dying – to provide consultations for doctors and patients about aid in dying, and provides assisted death”. 

In 2016, Canada introduced legislation to legalise physician-assisted suicide for Canadians with a “serious and incurable illness,” which had brought them “enduring physical or psychological suffering”.

However, statistics show that 10,000 people a year are now euthanized in Canada.

According to a report in The New Atlantic, the unnamed man found Dr Wiebe, who cleared him, flew him to Vancouver, and euthanised him. Since the story broke, comments Wiebe made during a 2020 event have resurfaced. 

During the conference, Wiebe describes euthanizing patients as “the most rewarding work I’ve ever done” – with the video being shared widely online since.

Meanwhile, another doctor, obstetrician Stefanie Green, a colleague of Wiebe’s on the Clinician’s Advisory Council of Dying With Dignity Canada also made headlines as she revealed she has helped a staggering 300 people die through Canada’s MAID programme. 

In what has been deemed deeply disturbing by many, Green uses the term “deliveries” to describe her work as a doctor helping women give birth to new life, and also helping other people to end their lives.

While advocates of Canada’s MAiD programme hailed its introduction as a step forward for dignity and choice, it is increasingly starting to look like a dystopian alternative to providing social welfare and other supports that can help those struggling from deprivation and disability. 

In 2019,  MAiD was expanded to include people whose deaths are not “reasonably foreseeable” – a change which has opened the floodgates for people with disabilities to apply to die rather than to survive on insufficient benefits. 

Speaking to the Associated Press recently, Tim Stainton, director of the Canadian Institute for Inclusion and Citizenship at the University of British Columbia, said that MAiD is “probably the biggest existential threat to disabled people since the Nazis’ program in Germany in the 1930s.”

10,064 people died using Canada’s assisted dying programme in 2021, and it has now grown so popular that Canada has introduced anti-suicide helplines to try and stop people from killing themselves – while at the same time pro-suicide hotlines operate for those wanting to legally end their own lives. 

While many welcomed the introduction of assisted suicide based on support for terminally ill patients seeking to end their lives, it has become increasingly popular as a perceived solution to mental illness, poverty, and homelessness. 

Stephanie Green, Wiebe’s colleague, has insisted that stories about people availing of assisted suicide due to things like poverty and loneliness are false, describing them as “clickbait”, adding: “These stories have not been reported fully”.

Wiebe, however, insists she is dedicated to helping those in poverty and mental anguish end their lives.

Speaking to The New Atlantic, she said: ‘It is rare for assessors to have patients who have unmet needs, but it does happen. Usually, these unmet needs are around loneliness and poverty. 

“As all Canadians have rights to an assisted death, people who are lonely or poor also have those rights.”

Wiebe also advocates for assisted suicide and euthanasia to be available to those battling mental illness.

Both The New Atlantic and the Daily Mail profiled Wiebe, citing a range of stories which prompted horror from readers.

One woman who was helped to end her own life by the abortion doctor was 41-year-old Rosina Kamis. Kamis did not have a terminal condition; however, she was facing eviction and didn’t have money for basic groceries like food. Lonely and isolated, she came to the decision that suicide was “the best solution for all”. 

She died by lethal injection in the basement of her apartment on her ex-husband’s birthday. A patient named Mary, 55, was also featured in a MAiD presentation. It was noted that  “[s]he does not want to die, but she’s suffering terribly and she’s been maxing out her credit cards. She has no other options.” 

Another woman who ended her life legally in the country was 68-year-old Nancy, a former doctor who got into financial trouble. Others included a 38-year-old woman named Lucy, who was gender-confused and suffering from chronic pain. Another man, a 57-year-old named Greg, who was homeless, also died by assisted suicide. 

Wiebe found herself embroiled in controversy in June 2017, when herself and a nurse sneaked into an Orthodox Jewish nursing home in Vancouver that forbids assisted suicide.

At the Louis Brier Home and Hospital, Wiebe smuggled lethal drugs and other equipment in large bags, while avoiding the front desk. Inside, she was able to locate an 83-year-old patient who had requested assisted suicide. She gave the man, who had cancer, a lethal injection in his room. Uproar broke out after the circumstances around the elderly resident’s death came to light, and it was noted that the residence is home to many Holocaust survivors who found the incident traumatic and upsetting.

While a complaint was brought against Wiebe at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, it was later dismissed. The College claimed that Wiebe didn’t break any regulator’s rules even if she did break the rules of the nursing home. Yet, the action drew severe criticism and upset, with Wiebe showing total disregard for the Holocaust survivors and other elderly who lived there, along with the deeply held convictions of the Louis Brier Home and Hospital.

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