The government will help you violate your conscience
by Paul Russell
We've seen many times before how those pushing for euthanasia and assisted suicide create all sorts of euphemisms to disguise and to soften attitudes away from natural repulsion at the thought of a doctor killing a patient or in helping them to suicide.
Medically Assisted Dying is one of those fudges. Or, as the Canadians are now calling it, 'Medical Assistance in Dying'.
And when the various bureaucracies begin to deal with their processes, procedures and documentation, as is often the case, they will look for an acronym. Though it seems quite apposite to use MAD, this simply will not do.
Instead MAID is now being used on official documents, evocative of a domestic helper or an assistant paid to help make you dead. At least MAID will save on paper, being much shorter than: 'Making your patient dead - a step by step guide.'