Canada Ponders Assisted Suicide For Minors — Without Parental Consent

Canada’s slide down the silly side of the spectrum continued with the latest recommendations from the Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD).

This is the body that brainstorms and makes suggestions concerning Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s bizarre MAiD law which assists the non-terminally ill in ending their own lives.

The panel reached a shocking conclusion. Who it considered to be “mature minors” whose deaths were “reasonably foreseeable” should be able to access assisted suicide measures — without parental consent.

Euthanizing children. The House of Commons is expected to take up the recommendations soon and revisions to the nation’s assisted suicide laws could be enacted by the end of the year.

Thankfully, this misguided push met with strong resistance from critics who termed it “reckless” and “horrible.” Expanding the already-controversial program to include terminally ill children faced an avalanche of angry voices.

Proponents want to add sick and disabled children to the approximately 10,000 who annually end their lives with nationally-sanctioned euthanasia.

Amy Hasbrouck of the activist group Not Dead Yet called the recommendation “horrible.” She declared that “teenagers are not in a good position to judge whether to commit suicide or not.

She added that any disabled young person who is constantly told that their life is meaningless will become depressed. That, Hasbrouck said, will make them want to die.

Canada’s euthanasia law was introduced in 2016, and leaders at the time proclaimed it would have “safeguards and guardrails.” But, as Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition asserted, the nation is on a “slippery slope” to greatly expanded assisted suicide.

As he noted, the next government may make a new decision that opens the state-sponsored death program up even more, “and that’s exactly what’s happening.”

In the commission’s 138-page report, members concluded that children with terminal illnesses aged 14 to 17 should not be denied access to MAiD simply on the basis of age.

The procedure, normally a lethal injection given by a doctor, is now recommended to be available to that group — even without parental agreement. Earlier in February, Canadian ministers delayed by a year plans to expand MAiD’s scope to encompass the mentally ill.