A presentation by Dr Louis Roy for the Québec College of Physicians to The Special Joint Committee on MAiD on Friday September 7 urged Canada’s Federal government to adopt a Netherlands Groningen style protocol to permit infant euthanasia.
Dr Roy suggested that this should only be allowed in rare circumstances, such as a newborn who is unlikely to survive but infant euthanasia opens the door to a new justification for killing since the baby lacks competence and the ability to autonomously choose to be killed. Infant euthanasia is a form of eugenics whereby protocols will determine which lives are worth living.
Euthanasia was sold to Canadians under the guise of competent adults freely choosing to have their lives ended based on terminal illness or unremittent suffering. Bill C-7, that was passed in March 2021, among other things, extended the reason for killing from terminal illness to chronic illness or disability.
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If infant euthanasia is approved it may lead to the approval of euthanasia for people with dementia who never requested or indicated an interest in euthanasia since infant euthanasia creates the precedent that someone else, such as a power of attorney, can request that a person be killed.
The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition opposes all forms of euthanasia and assisted suicide, nonetheless, it is clear that expanding killing to babies negates the “safeguard” that only people who can capably request to die can be approved for death.