Death is a difficult subject for anyone. Adults still have difficulty when a loved one dies, but children don’t really understand death. Human euthanasia, what they call Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD), is legal in Canada, so they think it’s a good idea to teach kids all about it with an activity book.
The Medical Assistance in Dying Activity Book is described as being for children ages 6–12. Parents can access the activity book, that teaches children exactly how their human loved one is euthanized, at the Canadian Virtual Hospice. There, a parent can find a downloadable .pdf of the book.
Here is what children can learn:
“The three medicines work like this: The first medicine makes the person feel very relaxed and fall asleep. They may yawn or snore or mumble.”
Then, “The second medicine causes a “coma.” A coma looks like sleep but is much deeper than regular sleep. The person will not wake up or be bothered by noise or touch.”
Finally, “The third medicine makes the person’s lungs stop breathing and then their heart stops beating. Because of the coma, the person does not notice this happening and it does not hurt. When their heart and lungs stop working, their body dies. It will not start working again. This often happens in just a few minutes, but sometimes (rarely) it can take hours.”
In case you aren’t aware of the liberal Canadian government’s push to let people die if they want to, this will be quite eye-opening:
In 2016 Canada’s liberal Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, made human euthanasia much easier to get if you wanted to die. Canada has some of the “loosest laws in the world” on the procedure. And Trudeau has loosened those laws even more since 2016. There is even a push to allow disabled children to choose to be euthanized.
The children’s activity book about euthanasia teaches that children probably shouldn’t try to change their loved one’s mind about the procedure since the loved one has thought long and hard about it. Sadly for those people, [p]alliative care and appropriate emotional and psychological interventions can overcome suicide ideation in the seriously ill and disabled,” but palliative care is only accessible to 15% of Canadians.
Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s approach to death in Canada is much like how we treat dogs and cats here in the United States. But most people only euthanize a beloved pet when there are no other reasonable alternatives. Trudeau is making it easier and easier to just choose death as the way out, for the people of Canada, even for those without terminal illnesses. What is your position on medical assistance in dying? Should it be taught to children as a viable option?