Denver Newsroom, Oct 12, 2022 / 17:13 pm
Pro-life groups and disability advocates are aghast after a prominent medical body told parliament that severely ill or malformed infants should have access to euthanasia. They say it is indistinguishable from infanticide.
“The concept of euthanizing infants, also known as infanticide, is very different than killing competent adults by euthanasia,” Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the London, Ontario-based Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, told CNA Oct. 12. “Infants are unable to ask to be killed and they are unable to consent to their death.”
Dr. Louis Roy, from the Collège des médecins du Québec, or Quebec College of Physicians, on Oct. 7 addressed the House of Commons’ Special Joint Committee on Medical Assistance in Dying, The National Post reports. Roy said medical assistance in dying, which includes both euthanasia and assisted suicide, can be appropriate for infants born with “severe malformations” and “grave and severe symptoms” where their “prospect of survival is null, so to speak.”
The Collège des médecins du Québec licenses medical professionals and sets other medical standards in Canada's largest province.