A Quebec medical group advocates euthanasia for seriously ill infants

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The College of Physicians of Quebec’s December briefing describes the Groningen Protocol of the Netherlands as “an avenue to explore”.

For minors aged 14 to 18, the protocol recommends including assisted suicide among the care offered to which the minor can consent, jointly with parental authority, provided that he meets other eligibility criteria.

Canada has already expanded legal euthanasia and assisted suicide.

In 2021, Canadian lawmakers approved legislation that expands legal euthanasia and assisted suicide to the mentally ill. The legislation is expected to come into force in March 2023.

The new law was drafted in response to a 2019 Quebec Superior Court decision that ruled that limiting assisted suicide and euthanasia to people whose death was “reasonably foreseeable” was a violation of human rights. the person.

This will allow a person to request legal euthanasia or assisted suicide even if mental illness is their only underlying condition. The change has sparked debate over whether a doctor can reasonably say that patients with depression, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder have realistic prospects for recovery, and debate over their ability to consent to end their lives. days.

Canada’s Catholic bishops have strongly opposed the 2021 legislation.

“Our position remains unequivocal. Euthanasia and assisted suicide constitute the deliberate killing of human life in violation of the commandments of God; they erode our common dignity by failing to see, accept and accompany those who are suffering and dying,” said Bishop Richard Gagnon of Winnipeg, then president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, in a letter dated April 9, 2021. .

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