Once you open the floodgate of morally acceptable euthanasia, there’s no telling what kind of rapid moral decay will flow out.
In a world that increasingly views the lives of the unborn, terminally ill, and disabled as less valuable and worth living, it’s impossible to adequately distinguish between when it is and is not appropriate to end a human life.
So don’t be surprised when you hear that a Canadian children’s hospital is taking steps to begin euthanizing terminally-ill children.
Potentially without parental consent.
The Christian Post reports:
Doctors from a Toronto children’s hospital recently published policies on physician-assisted suicide for children, revealing that in some cases, parents won’t be notified until after the child has died.
“Usually, the family is intimately involved in this (end-of-life) decision-making process. If, however, a capable patient explicitly indicates that they do not want their family members involved in their decision-making, although health care providers may encourage the patient to reconsider and involve their family, ultimately the wishes of capable patients with respect to confidentiality must be respected,” said pediatric doctors at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, administrators and ethicists in a Sept. 21 paper published in the British Medical Journal’s J Medical Ethics.
“The article appears just three months before the Canadian Council of Academies is due to report to Parliament on the medical consensus about extending voluntary euthanasia in circumstances currently forbidden by law,” Crux reported. “The Canadian Council of Academies is specifically looking at extending so-called assisted dying to patients under 18 …”
As The Catholic Register explains, the proposed policies “argue that there is no meaningful ethical distinction between a patient choosing to refuse burdensome treatment and accepting an inevitable death versus patients who choose to die by chemical injection before the disease brings on death.”
The province of Ontario Ontario does not require parents participate in a “capable” minor’s decision to refuse further treatment, and therefore, “there is no legal reason to require parent involvement in an assisted death,” the Register explained.
This is, of course, not only complete and total moral insanity, it’s loaded with highly troubling implications. How do you qualify what a “capable” minor is? How young of a minor can make this decision without parental involvement? If parents are not required to be involved, what’s to stop a doctor from encouraging a child from doing so? From the larger interests of hospital bureaucracy to take at least a small part in which children may be encouraged to end their own lives?
The biggest question, of course, is the most painful: when did we get to the point in Western society where we are allowing children to choose to end their own lives?
Pray for Toronto, and pray for our nation. Human life seems to have so little value these days.
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