Only seven countries in the world legally permit euthanasia – Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Spain. Of these, Canada's euthanasia laws are arguably the most permissive. Euthanasia is also legal in several Australian states.
Canada's euthanasia laws are relatively new, with the practice only being legalized in 2016 to allow adult, terminally ill patients in intolerable pain and with no potential for recovery to end their lives with the assistance of physicians. However, the requirements to qualify for legal euthanasia have been exceptionally loosened since then. (Related: Canada to become ASSISTED SUICIDE capital of the world.)
Today, any adult who can claim some form of hardship from a serious illness, disease or disability may be eligible to receive physician-assisted suicide, regardless of how minor these medical concerns might be. Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos said Canada's euthanasia protocols "recognizes the rights of all persons … as well as the inherent and equal value of every life."
Recently, the Quebec College of Physicians made a statement declaring its support for euthanizing infants who experience "grave malformations," where life expectancy is "basically nil." The group recommended that Canada's medical assistance in dying (MAID) laws be amended to allow for these instances.
This recommendation was unfortunately picked up by many Canadian parents. Doctors have reported that "specific and explicit requests for MAID have come from parents involving very young children."
Dr. David Lysecki, a pediatric palliative care specialist at the Department of Pediatrics at McMaster University in Ontario, said he has received requests from parents seeking death for their child, even though, with enough medical support, "we can sometimes keep [them] alive for years."
"But that child would never be able to process the outside world in a cognizant way," he continued. "Some families ask, 'If they're going to die at the end of this anyway, maybe three weeks from now, and we don't believe they're going to have meaningful positive experiences between then and now, why must we all have to go through this period of waiting?'"
Dr. Alain Naud, a family physician and clinical professor at Laval University in Quebec and one of the province's most vocal proponents of euthanasia, said the option to provide infants with medically assisted death would only be given to infants who won't live long, and not to just any infant with any kind of disability.
"We are not at all talking about babies born with a handicap," claimed Naud. "We are really talking about situations which, at birth, are incompatible with life in the short term – in a matter of days, weeks or months."
But even this alleged limitation to the proposal to legalize infant euthanasia has been met with pushback. University of Toronto professor and bioethicist Kerry Bowman pointed out that such a move would go against the wishes and values of the patient – the infant – and would only benefit the parents.
"Look, I get it, that's what we do, that's what parents do – make decisions for children," said Bowman. "But it's not as clean a distinction, ethically, as it is when someone says, 'I've been living with this pain for 15 years and I can't do it anymore.' That's very different from guessing what you think a baby would want.'"
Baxter Dmitry, writing for NewsPunch, disagrees with the notion that infant euthanasia is "an act of mercy." He argued that infants, unlike adults, are incapable of providing free consent to their own deaths.
Instead, Dmitry recommends that euthanasia proponents shift their resources to providing higher quality palliative and comfort care for terminally ill children. In addition, he recommends the hiring of dedicated medical professionals "who recognize the dignity and worth of each child" and the establishment of stronger support systems for parents who care for disabled children.
Watch this clip from InfoWars as host Harrison Smith talks about how the Canadian government euthanized over 10,000 people last year.