Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.
The focus this time: Putting the “youth” in youthanasia
First, a little mood music:
Now only do Canada’s medical system want kids to die, now Canadian lawyers want it to.
“But the Canadian Bar Association is going to the mat for you if you are a kid who wants to kill himself and/or a person with bipolar disorder, depression, or any other mental illness as your sole complaint.
“If you are suicidal, the state should help. Not help you cope. Help you kill yourself.
“If you are a kid with depression, you hit the bonus round! Free death for you!
“Canada is going insane.”
— Christopher Lyon (@ChristophLyon) July 23, 2023
Pre-teens are now fair game for the euthanasia ghouls in The Netherlands.
“The Netherlands has said it will broaden its euthanasia regulations to allow doctors the ability to end the lives of terminally ill children between one and 12 years old.
“The rule change involves the government adjusting an existing protocol, and does not require parliamentary approval. The decision comes after years of requests from some Dutch doctors to lower the age limit of 12 for euthanasia, as well as debate within the cabinet.
“According to the Dutch government, ‘The end of life for this [age] group is the only reasonable alternative to the child’s unbearable and hopeless suffering.’”
And no, any sane person knows this won’t be limited to the terminally ill.
“Dutch MDs kill babies born with terminal or seriously disabling conditions already under the Groningen Protocol. Given that Dutch doctors euthanize many people — including elderly couples, young women with anorexia, the disabled, and people with mental illnesses — the notion that euthanasia will be ‘strictly’ limited to children close to death whose suffering cannot otherwise be ameliorated is bitterly laughable on its face.”
Guess you can’t kill ’em all.
“[I]n the case of five-year-old Ashya King, the child’s parents and his NHS doctors could not reach an agreement. Ashya was suffering from a medulloblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor, for which he had two surgeries. To prevent the tumor from returning, King’s parents wanted their son to receive proton-beam therapy, arguing it would be less harmful than conventional X-ray radiotherapy. The NHS did not provide proton-beam therapy at the time, though it sponsored a limited number of cases to be treated abroad; the hospital’s lead pediatrician concluded that in Ashya’s case “it was not deemed to be of any benefit.” The hospital recommended the conventional route of radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Time was of the essence.
“When Ashya’s parents disregarded the hospital’s medical advice, taking Ashya from the British hospital to seek treatment abroad, they sparked an international manhunt, which authorities justified by concerns that Ashya’s life would be in danger if his parents mishandled his feeding tube, which they had not been shown how to use.
“The Kings boarded a ferry to France along with Ashya and his six siblings and eventually made it to Spain, by which point a European arrest warrant had been issued on suspicion of neglect. The Kings were arrested, and Ashya was taken to the high-dependency unit at a nearby children’s hospital.
“Post-treatment brain scans in 2015 and 2018 showed Ashya to be cancer-free.”