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-Ethics: Assisted Suicide for Children?

by Dr. D ~ October 23rd, 2018

PARENTAL CONSENT

A Toronto Children’s hospital is talking about offering physician-assisted suicide to children without parental consent. From the Faith Wire:

A group of medics from a Toronto children’s hospital have released a shocking paper which outlines its controversial position on child euthanasia. In the paper, published at the British Medical Journal, Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children revealed that in some cases, the young person’s parents will not be notified of the intention to end their own lives until after the death is confirmed.  …

Response: Society has deemed it necessary to have laws in place that define when people become adults in order to protect minors. The traditional reasoning is that children do not have the capacity to make adult decisions. …

But now these Toronto medics believe that children should be able to end their own lives without any input from their parents? How can this be ethically justified in any way? …talk about ‘slippery slopes.’ These folks are willing to over-ride parental consent when it comes to the ultimate decision of life itself.

Children that can’t sign a contract or vote are nevertheless deemed to be capable of signing papers for their own death? How is this even logical and certainly it is not ethical. Just think for a minute. Who exactly is going to make the decision to even offer the children a way to end their own lives? Obviously an adult medical person is going to do it and implied permission and pressure will be part of the mix. But the parents will be excluded until after it is all over? …Continued

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2 Responses to -Ethics: Assisted Suicide for Children?

  1. Brian

    Translation of the article: doctors will pressure/encourage children with serious medical conditions to agree to assisted suicide, without parental knowledge.

  2. Dr. D

    Not only that Brian, but I believe that limited funds and the need for beds will lead to that pressure being placed upon children.

    Can you imagine a child in pain being told that the only way to stop it is to sign on the dotted line Or a child who is tired of being immobile or paralyzed that there is no reason to live like that?

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