A Canadian medical society has been increasingly discussing assisted suicide as an option for parents with terminally ill children, according to a recent survey.
“Exploratory discussions” about more than 400 children possibly receiving assisted suicide – often called medical aid in Dying (MAID) – have been entered between 118 doctors and parents, as revealed by the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS).
Warming up to a cold practice
The findings come on the heels of legislation that has expanded the culture of death in Canada to include euthanasia.
“The Christian Institute in the U.K. noted that the results come only a year after Canada approved assisted suicide for adults amid warnings that the move would put society on a slippery slope,” WND reported.
Kevin Yuill, who lectures in England at the University of Sunderland, was quoted giving a warning in the report.
“Legalizing any form of assisted suicide would be a foot in the door, which will be progressively pried open,” he wrote in Spiked.
The extreme leftist leader of Canada pushed the progressive law forward, and since then, parents and doctors have gotten together to discuss killing afflicted vulnerable children before their time.
“After Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party legalized assisted suicide for adults in June 2016, an independent review was launched to consider allowing it for children,” WND’s Bob Unruh noted. “Doctors said, according to the new survey, they had had discussions with 60 children under the age of 18 in just the last year. There were ‘explicit requests’ delivered to at least nine doctors.”
The CPS findings – including responses from 1,050 Canadian doctors -- indicated that they are quickly warming up to the idea of killing their nation’s most vulnerable.
“Almost one-half (46 percent) of respondents were in favor of extending the MAID option to mature minors experiencing progressive or terminal illness or intractable pain,” Dawn Davies, the principle author of the CPS study revealed. “Fewer believed access should be extended to children or youth with an intolerable disability (29 percent) or with intolerable mental illness as the sole indication (8 percent).”
Furthermore, two-thirds of physicians believe that assisted suicide should be available to minors under 18.
“Thirty-three percent of respondents said MAID should not be extended to the mature minor population under any circumstance,” Davies added. “Regarding eligibility for MAID, 55 percent of respondents believed that an individual’s capacity was most important, compared with 22 percent who favored a minimum stated age.”
Crossing the Atlantic
The progressive attitude toward life in Europe is apparently finding its way across the Atlantic in Canada, as those who live in Northern Europe have already legalized the intentional killing of physically afflicted youth for years.
“Belgium became the first nation to approve euthanasia for children in 2014 after introducing the practice for adults in 2002,” Unruh pointed out. “Last year, a teen, diagnosed terminally ill in Belgium, became the world’s first child to be legally euthanized. The Netherlands is the only other country where such assisted suicide is allowed for children.”
It appears as though Canadians are definitely looking to adopt the casual view of life demonstrated by Europeans.
“Ensuring that newborns, children and youth receive the highest possible standard of care as they are dying is a privilege and a responsibility for physicians and allied professionals,” Davies expressed in the study’s abstract. “Bringing a thoughtful, respectful and personal approach to every end-of-life situation is an essential and evolving duty of care, and the process should meet each patient’s (and family’s) unique social, cultural and spiritual needs.”
It is not only doctors in Canada who are looking toward the culture of death when it comes to dealing with their offspring.
“[Canadian health care professionals] are increasingly being approached by the parents of ‘never-competent’ infants and children, including those too young to make a reasoned decision, and by youth themselves, to discuss MAID-related issues,” the researcher explained. “Competency can be assessed in children and adolescents in a variety of medical decision-making scenarios, but does not resolve the ethical question of who can or should be able to access MAID.”
It appears that Canadians are already well on their way to making euthanasia commonplace, as progressives have done an effective job making the lethal practice appear kind and compassionate – as opposed to cruel and barbaric.
“Canadian doctors say it's still far too early to make any decisions, but the medical community should start thinking about issues involving assisted death for minors and when it could be the more compassionate choice,” a report posted on Canada’s Global News stated.