In the first 10 months of 2022 the number of reported assisted deaths exceeded all of last year, from 3102 to 3213 according to the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario. 13,011 assisted deaths in Ontario have been reported since euthanasia was legalised. According to the Third Annual report, from legalisation until December 31, 2021, the number of assisted deaths increased by 32.4% representing 3.3% of all deaths in Canada. Canada’s Federal Government established a committee to discuss further expansions of euthanasia for incompetent people, for children and for people with mental illness alone. Bill C-7 already approved euthanasia for mental illness. A recent presentation by the Quebec College of Physicians urged the Federal Government to permit infant euthanasia.
Dr Lisa Littmann mentions Gender Dysphoria (GD) “has become a catch-all explanation” for any psychological problem and the promoted treatment is transitioning.
The fact is, however, that years of professional research confirms that 85% of children, suffering from GD, over time become comfortable with their birth-given bodies. In a study conducted in Finland in 2015, results show up to 75% of individuals who claim to have GD are also receiving other psychiatric treatment. In a study done in 2018, 62% of the parents of the affected children, suffer from psychiatric or neuro-developmental disorders prior to GD. In the same year, a study searched 8.8 million electronic medical records and found that there were high rates of psychiatric disorders and suicidal ideation and behaviour in youth six months prior to any sign of gender incongruence.
In a study conducted in Sweden in 2011, after a 30 year follow up, 324 gender reassigned patients showed a suicide rate 1900% higher than the constant population. Nonetheless, both parents and physicians are increasingly bullied and pushed into accepting the transition affirming therapy as they are being confronted with shaming questions like: “Do you want a dead son or a live daughter?”
“Consider the ethics of permanently medicalising a minor for a thought process with an over 85 percent rate of desistance by adulthood and doing so based on a self-diagnosis”. Children being given the right to make life changing decisions at an age where they cannot be expected to grasp the consequences thereof, is not scientifically based and opposes the fundamental base of medical practice.
Surrogacy pregnancies have an increased risk for adverse obstetric outcomes. In a study done among American woman, compared to non-surrogate pregnancies, surrogate mothers reported more complications during their surrogacy pregnancies such as hypertension, preeclampsia/eclampsia, and haemorrhaging. After the pregnancy they reported complications such as a degenerated disc, embolism, and postpartum depression. The chance of having a caesarean-section was 300% higher with a surrogate pregnancy. The percentage of caesarean-sections in non-surrogate mothers was 12.2%, compared to 35.5% in surrogate pregnancies. Most surrogate mothers felt they bonded with the babies they carried and many women stay in contact with the baby and their intended parents.
Laws that increase access to cannabis will have public health consequences including respiratory health, traffic-related injuries, and the mental health of vulnerable populations.Evidence highlights safety concerns that cannabis causes damage to the developing brain. Cannabis use can damage the brain to such an extent, that even after years of abstinence the damage is still present and it is not yet clear whether these effects are reversible. In particular, cannabis use during pregnancy increases the risk of adverse outcomes for women and their neonates.
Scientific research may not have kept pace with the speed at which cannabis laws are being liberalised. Consideration needs to be given to these public health concerns as South Africa moves towards ratifying the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill.
According to a recent study published in the South African Journal of Psychiatry, Attendion Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is more common amongst patients who use cannabis than amongst patients seeking other substance abuse treatments. ADHD is a common childhood neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by early onset of impairing levels of hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsiveness. The study provides evidence of significant cannabis use, especially in females with ADHD, in treatment-seeking facilities in South Africa. It is widely reported that several mental health disorders are overrepresented amongst substance abuse populations. According to the study, South Africa needs to strengthen prevention and intervention activities against alcohol and cannabis use, especially in identified risk groups, like ADHD.
South Africa decriminalised the use of cannabis for private use in a Constitutional court ruling during September 2018.
An observational study, of cannabis exposures reported to the Poison Information Helpline in the Western Cape. the University of Witwatersrand found that coinciding with the court ruling there was a threefold increase in cases reported to the Poison Information Helpline.
Accidental ingestion of edible cannabis products was a common occurrence in patients aged 12 years and younger, leading to neurological symptoms.
In general, there has been an increase in reports made to health care facilities of cannabis intoxication and other adverse effects in countries where cannabis has been legalised.
Cannabis use is not without consequences, health care practitioners should take note of the various adverse effects associated with its use.
Written by Dr Greg Pike, the evidence-based review “Abortion and Women’s health”, reveals the horrific impact abortion can have on the mental health of women.
Key findings include:
- A woman who undergoes an abortion is 6 times more likely to commit suicide than a woman who gives birth
- A woman who undergoes an abortion is 30% more likely to suffer from depression compared to a woman who gives birth.
- A woman who undergoes an abortion is 25% more likely to suffer from anxiety compared to a woman that gives birth
- A woman who has had an abortion is at a higher risk of psychiatric admission compared to a woman who gives birth.
Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and Patty Hajdu, minister of Indigenous Services, annonced on Parliament Hill in Ottawa that the canadien federal government is pouring $11 million into a national strategy aimed at preventing suicide among Inuit. The National Inuit Suicide Prevention Strategy (created in 2016) estimates suicide rates in Inuit five to 25 times higher than the rate in the rest of Canada. Help lines, counselling websites and association put their strength together to help the ones who “wants to take their life” and “support people through those dark times.” Euthanasia was legalised the same year and is responsible for or 3.3% of Canadian deaths, between 2020 and 2021 its practice increased by 32%.
A survey of 5 577 biologists in 2018 show that 96% of respondents agreed that human life begins at fertilisation. Steve Jacobs who conducted the survey said “the majority of the sample identified as:
- Liberal: 89%
- Pro-choice: 85%
- Non-religious: 63%”
Chloe Cole was 15 years old when she agreed to let a “gender-affirming” surgeon remove her healthy breasts. Her “brutal” transition from female to male was anything but the romanticised “gender journey” that was portrayed. “They guilted my parents into allowing them to do this”. They said, “Either, you’ll have a dead daughter or an alive son”. She was convinced she would be happy and feel like a whole person. Now 18, it’s as if a nightmare is ending. Cole is one of a growing number of young “Detransitioners” who reject current trends in transgender ideology and oppose the “gender-affirming” model of care being pushed by progressive lawmakers at state and federal levels.