Some days, the outrage mounts to a level that gets me shaking and screaming, unable to form a coherent sentence for the power of the emotion. Such an occasion leaves me weak for hours and upsets my wife rather badly. Fortunately, such days are uncommon.
TORONTO – In a prestigious medical journal, doctors from Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children have laid out policies and procedures for administering medically assisted death to children, including scenarios where the parents would not be informed until after the child dies.
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. The Canadian Council of Academies is specifically looking at extending so-called assisted dying to patients under 18, psychiatric patients and patients who have expressed a preference for euthanasia before they were rendered incapable by Alzheimer’s or some other disease.
The Sept. 21 paper written by Sick Kids doctors, administrators and ethicists was published in the British Medical Journal’s J Med Ethics and backed by the University of Toronto’s Joint Centre for Bioethics.
In a flowchart that outlines how a medically induced death would occur at Sick Kids, authors Carey DeMichelis, Randi Zlotnik Shaul and Adam Rapoport do not mention conversation with family or parents about how the child dies until after the death occurs in the “reflection period.”
Patient confidentiality governs the decision about whether or not to include parents in a decision about an assisted death, the authors said. If capable minors under the age of 18 stipulate they don’t want their parents involved, doctors and nurses must respect the patients’ wishes.
Canada! You know, that place where politeness reigns. Where the carjackers wait courteously for you to retrieve your personal belongings. Where the murderers strive not to get blood on the carpet. Where even the suicide bombers say “Excuse me, please” before pressing the button.
Canadian physicians are champing at the bit in their eagerness to kill children.
I’m a news obsessive. Staying current gives me a good excuse for not working on the novel-under-construction. Yet I didn’t know about this until this very morning. And I had to learn about it from a Catholic periodical.
Has the world gone totally mad?
Not long ago, one of the Western Hemisphere’s most respected prelates, Thomas Cardinal Collins of the Archdiocese of Toronto, punctuated a public speech by murmuring “What have we become? What have we become?” I submit to you that that is the question of the hour. All other questions, no matter how weighty-seeming, must give way to it.
We have made medically administered death into medical care. What sort of people would do that? What sort of physician would embrace it as a proper discharge of his professional responsibilities and skills?
What sort of physician would do that to children?
I have to take a while to de-escalate from this. Back later, maybe.