Euthanasia ruling puts mentally ill at great risk, psychiatrist warns Canada’s Parliament

OTTAWA, February 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Because mentally ill people suffer from “cognitive distortions” that “impair insight and judgment,” their situation speaks “directly to the Court’s concern about ensuring the person is not induced to take his or her life at a time of weakness,” a top psychiatrist warned the special joint committee on “physician-assisted dying” last week.

“The tricky part about mental illness is that sometimes the illness can actually undermine the patient’s autonomy,” Dr. Keran Deep Sonu Gaind, president of the Canadian Psychiatrists Association, told the committee on January 27.