(LifeSiteNews) — I sometimes find it hard to believe that child euthanasia has become a debatable topic. As I noted in First Things two years ago, child euthanasia has come to the Netherlands, with primary concerns around the practice being shielding doctors from prosecution rather than the protection of helpless infants. In Canada’s creeping killing regime, the Quebec College of Physicians is advocating not only for MAiD for “mature minors,” but also for infants below the age of one suffering from severe disability or judged to be otherwise unworthy of life by adults—a position that they doubled down on when they received backlash.
Now, child euthanasia has come up in Colombia, where a bill introduced by Liberal party congressman Juan Carlos Losada proposed, among other things, that children ages six and older who have “a serious and incurable illness or bodily injury that causes intense physical or mental suffering” can be killed—or, put more euphemistically, can be eligible for a “medically assisted death.” It is important when discussing these things that we emphasize what is actually meant here: a “medically assisted death,” in this context, is a doctor killing a child via lethal injection.
The bill doesn’t start at the top of the slippery slope—it begins at the bottom, emphasizing that “it’s not necessary, nor will it be required, to prove the existence of a terminal illness or a medical prognosis of imminent death.” This means that children who are not dying can be killed because adults decide that their lives are not worth living. If passed, it would mean that children who are not dying will be killed for a variety of reasons—and that those suffering disabilities that others deem unbearable will likely be among the victims.
As reported by the Catholic News Agency, the Pro-Life Caucus of Colombia’s Congress is stridently opposing the legislation, with debate on the bill beginning on November 29. The Pro-Life Caucus, which has more than sixty members, called it “a new attack against the Colombian family” and on Twitter expressed their “total disagreement with the aim of legalizing euthanasia for children in our country, even more so without the consent of their parents and in cases in which the disease is not in a terminal phase.” The proposed law, they pointed out, contains “provisions that ignore the State’s responsibility to provide, as a priority and in a timely manner, the care required by minors.”
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The Quebec College of Physicians believes Canada’s assisted suicide program, Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), can and should be used on infants born with ‘severe malformations’.
This is nothing short of infanticide.
In a recent press release, Dr. Louis Roy from the Quebec College of Physicians claimed that MAiD could be appropriate for babies born with ‘grave and severe syndromes’ for which their ‘prospective of survival is null, so to speak.’
No matter how you spin it, an infant cannot consent to their own death – to decide for them and give a lethal dose is murder.
Sign now to tell the Quebec College of Physicians they cannot issue death sentences to infants with illnesses!
Once the door to killing without consent is opened, the number of people who become eligible to be murdered increases exponentially. Providing MAiD to a person who cannot consent is a standard that is wildly dangerous for all persons with intellectual disabilities in Canada.
Canada cannot begin killing babies when doctors predict that they will not have a good quality of life. Predictions are often based on discriminatory assumptions about life with a disability. Many people diagnosed with disabilities as babies who were expected to not have a good quality of life are now grown adults leading thriving lives.
Providing MAiD for terminally ill newborns is murder! This is a slippery slope towards ending the lives of millions of people either born with or diagnosed with intellectual disabilities.
The Quebec College of Physicians MUST back down from infanticide — SIGN NOW and make them know that you flatly condemn this horrifying practice!
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The Pro-Life Caucus stated further: “We reject the law’s assumption that a 6-year-old child can have the necessary maturity to decide on his death” and that “the only requirement is that he suffer from a serious and incurable illness such as depression, diabetes, blindness, or the loss of an extremity…Colombia is pro-life, and this caucus will defend life and the family in the face of this new attack.”
Taking aim at the government of left-wing President Gustavo Petro, who has been in office for four months, they noted that “it’s inconsistent that in the government that seeks to make Colombia a ‘World Power for Life,’ there are congressmen who find it cheaper to end the lives of patients than to take away their pain…The Government of Change cannot mean the change towards the culture of death.”
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To be clear, this would be an expansion of Colombia’s existing euthanasia regime. In 2017, a Colombian court ordered the Department of Health and Social Protection to “guarantee the right to death worthy of children and adolescents,” resulting in Resolution 825 with permitted euthanasia for children over 6, with children between the ages of 7 and 12 permitted euthanasia with parental approval and children between 12 and 14 allowed even if one parent disagrees. After age 14, parents cannot stop children from receiving doctor-administered suicide. As of 2019, one doctor claimed he “provided euthanasia” to nearly 400 people, including more than 30 children.
If it is not stopped, we will soon see children euthanized not only in Colombia, but in Canada. Activists are pushing for it. Politicians—pro-life or not—must step in. If they cannot oppose this, they cannot oppose anything.