Canada legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide (known as MAiD) on June 17, 2016. Canada’s euthanasia law required persons to be at least 18 years old and have a condition where “natural death is reasonably foreseeable,” whatever that means, before doctors can go ahead with euthanasia.
Soon after the legalization (of MAiD), the Canadian government announced that the Council of Canadian Academies would examine extending euthanasia to children, people who are incompetent but have made an advanced request, and people with mental illness.
Last October, the Canadian Paediatric society published a study examining euthanasia for teens, young children, and newborns. I am concerned that study was designed to open the door to euthanasia for children.
Now the Biennial Provincial Symposium on Paediatric Palliative Care (at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto on April 25) will feature a break-out session titled: “Developing a policy on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) for Paediatric Patients.”
By the way, wine and cheese will follow.
I fear that either the Council of Canadian Academies has already decided to extend euthanasia to paediatric patients or the Canadian Paediatric Society has decided that euthanasia will be extended to children and newborns and is using this Symposium to develop a policy for when the killing begins.
Why are they so interested in euthanasia for children? Children can’t choose and their autonomy is questionable. Well, children with disabilities are often seen as “better off dead.” If you don’t believe me, go to the Not Dead Yet website.
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No, this is not about a “slippery slope” but rather an incredibly fast incremental extension. Remember, the law is not concerned with choice and autonomy but rather the rules that the doctor should follow before killing. Whether it be incompetent people, competent people or children, lethal injection is lethal injection and the decision is made by the doctor.
As I have stated before – Choice and autonomy are only slogans for selling the act.