Canadian Pediatric Palliative Care Symposium to develop a policy for child euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Canada legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide (known as Medical Aid in Dying–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.

On April 25, the Biennial Provincial Symposium on Paediatric Palliative Care will feature a break-out session titled: “Developing a policy on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) for Paediatric Patients” at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.

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 that 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.

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 is 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.

Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.