Yesterday, Quebec introduced its euthanasia bill. Euthanasia is currently a criminal act, though Quebec is trying to work around the Criminal Code by declaring it health care. From Wesley Smith:
As I understand the Canadian system, all hospitals, nursing homes, etc., are publicly funded, part by the province and part by the federal government. This would appear to mean that every taxpayer in Canada will be underwriting euthanasia, and moreover, that the provincial government of Quebec will require the killing of patients to be allowed in all publicly funded hospitals, residential care facilities and nursing homes.
Assisted suicide and intentional homicide are crimes in Canada, under the federal criminal code. But the provinces are in charge of regulating medicine. So, Quebec seeks to get out from under the federal criminal laws by redefining euthanasia as health care, e.g., the medical treatment of “aid in dying.”
If this becomes law, it will be a disaster for our country of epic proportions, but I’ll save that rant for another day. However, the “safeguards” put in place to ensure that people aren’t euthanized against their will, etc, will surely be watered down in years to come, as has happened in other countries that have permitted the practice. Our friend Alex Schadenberg explains,
Some call it a “slippery slope” and others call it an incremental extension, nonetheless, doctors appear to be breaking the law by killing, by euthanasia, children with disabilities, such as spina bifida.
Smith states that if assisted suicide is accepted, the same will occur in the United States.
In Canada we have a Charter of Rights and Freedoms that recognizes that we are all equal under the law. Therefore, legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide in Canada will logically be extended, through the court, to all Canadians. You can’t have a little euthanasia.
Disabled babies are already being euthanized in the Netherlands are part of the Groningen Protocol. Let me tell you – the Netherlands’ euthanasia laws had plenty of safeguards in place when the country legalized the practice years ago. Then they were watered down as Alex explains above. Now babies are being euthanized. Like Fido, the family pet.
And children will be euthanized in Belgium as well, another country that has legalized euthanasia. The country debated the matter this past week.
In the wake of several months of testimony from doctors and experts in medical ethics, a Belgian Senate committee will on June 12 examine the possible extension of the country’s euthanasia law to include children.
“On both sides of the linguistic border, liberals and socialists appear to agree on the fact that age should not be regarded as a decisive criteria in the event of a request for euthanasia,” notes De Morgen. They want doctors to decide on a minor’s capacity for discernment on a case by case basis.
Not only do we need to worry about abortion taking our young, as well as rocking our families and societies, now we’ll need to worry about euthanasia doing the same.by