Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Sick Kids Hospital Toronto will euthanize children with or without parental consent.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

A recent report from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto states that they are not only ready to do euthanasia on children but their policy states that a child should be able to die by euthanasia without the consent or knowledge of the parents.

According to an article by Sharon Kirkey for Sun Media, the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto published their policy on euthanasia and assisted suicide as a report in the recent Journal of Medical Ethics. According to Kirkey:

The Sick Kids’ working group says the hospital has willing doctors who could “safely and effectively” perform euthanasia for terminally ill youth 18 and older who meet the criteria as set out in federal law, and that it would be “antithetical” to its philosophy of care to have to transfer these patients to a strange and unfamiliar adult hospital. But it is a suggestion that euthanasia might one day take place without the involvement of parents that has provoked fresh controversy in the assisted-death debate.
Who does the Hospital for Sick Children believe that euthanasia can be safe and effective for?

Kirkey explains that the ethicists at the Children's Hospital believe that there is no difference between killing someone and letting them die. Clearly there is a difference between allowing a natural death and actually causing the death of a person. By blurring clear distinctions ethicists minimize the ethical problems associated with doctors killing their patients. Kirkey reports:
The working group said it wasn’t convinced that there is a meaningful difference for the patient “between being consensually assisted in dying (in the case of MAID) and being consensually allowed to die (in the case of refusing life-sustaining interventions).”
Kirkey explains that most Canadian provinces allow mature minors to make decisions about their own care, including withdrawing or withholding life support. She explains that in Ontario a minor can provide consent for treatment or withdrawal of treatment if they understand the “reasonably foreseeable consequences” of their decision. The Sick Kids' hospital stated that they encourage minors to involve their families in medical decisions. 

Kirkey explains that the Hospitals for Sick Children is suggesting that children could decide to die by euthanasia without the consent of the parents:
The draft policy argues the same rules should apply to MAID since there is no meaningful ethical or practical distinction from the patient’s perspective between assisted dying and other procedures that result in the end of a life, such as palliative sedation (where people sleep until they die) or withdrawing or withholding life-sustaining treatments.
Kirkey explains that the Sick Kids Hospital paper came out just ahead of the report by The Canadian Council of Academies that will make recommendations in December concerning the extension of euthanasia to mature minors. The same group is examining the extension of euthanasia to cases of mental illness alone, as well as incompetent people who requested euthanasia within an “advance directive”.

20 comments:

Len Turner said...

Staggering!

Ro, the Purple Pirate said...

Disgraceful

Rosalind Davies said...

Incredible!! Totally wrong!

Betty said...

Evil

June Scandiffio said...

So much for all the assurances from euthanasia supporters that only hard cases would be considered. They scoff at the concept of “ the slippery slope”.From other jurisdictions it was evident that more categories of vulnerable patients would be added to the death list. What kind of ethicists are they if they can’t see any difference between killing and allowing to die. Their young charges might not be mature enough to understand, but what is their excuse? The best line is “ mature minors” an oxymoron !

Shucky said...

There is a difference between sleeping painlessly unti death, and withholding life support such as treatment, food and water to an elderly, conscious patient with a broken hip, which is happening in the U.S. And Sick Kids has been purported within the medical community to letting infants with Down's syndrome starve for when the parents wouldn't sign for correction of a minor birth defect related to their ability to swallow.

So nothing new here except it's more out in the open.

Maureen Sullivan said...

Oh Lord Jesus, come and stop the madness......

Karen Chesworth said...

Insane

Madellen said...

It narrows the involvement of significant caregivers in life or death treatment decisions. One must ask, who is most empowered by this hospital policy, the child or the hospital? What is the objective here, 'dignity' or hospital 'efficiency'?

Madellen said...

Yes June , I agree. There is a new ethical paradigm in health care, apparantly libertarian, materialistc, and utilitarian. Personally, I believe that at its core, their aim is to consolidate treatment authority in the hands of physicians and hospital administrators, for the sake of efficiency, without the pesky interference of caregivers, relatives, clergy and other professions, without opposition or dissenting voice, without inconvenient psycho-social assessments. There is evidence that in general, this policy direction has at its heart, not human dignity but cost effectiveness.

Paul Anderson said...

Outrageous, and yet sadly believable. Especially chilling is the idea that this could be done to a minor against the wishes of the parents. It strikes me that some ethicists aren't so concerned with discerning whether a proposed action is morally right or wrong as they are in rationalizing whatever decision has already been made. Thank goodness the rest of the world isn't doing what Canada and the Netherlands are doing.

bvs said...

They'd 'rather (kill) the patient than remove them to a new and strange adult hospital'??.

Not doctors, but doctors Frankenstein

Mare said...

Moral values and ethics have exited the building. I don't recognize this present life any more. Nothing like the society I grew up in. May the Lord come back soon as He promised He would.

Mr. Millar said...

They should rename the hospital into ‘sick doctors’ hospital.

Peter Geofroy said...

This is shocking, I know we have been sliding down the culture of death slope, but I never would have thought that our world recognized children's hospital, that has the support of so many Torontonians would go this route, I am surly pulling my support for the hospital for this cause, period.

Sydenham_Phil said...

#evil

Maureen Sullivan said...

Pure Evil!!!!! How could a hospital dedicated to children go so far down the slippery slope.....Shame, shame, shame.....

Denis Nawrocki said...

The logic of "do no harm" and morality of "love thy neighbour" are gone from healthcare. A very sad day for Canada. Please tell you family and your doctor that you want to live and not killed for convenience. Very troubling that healthcare is becoming 'death care' and I will never support MAID as a prolife pharmacist and do not agree with assisted death for anyone!
God Bless us and pray for those involved in these practices.

Christenna said...

Amen

Reverend Ken said...

So much for "I will do NO harm" what scum, I am really glad my boy never had to go there.

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