Toronto’s Sick Kids hospital preparing policy for euthanasia for youth over 18 that could one day apply to minors

Canada’s largest children’s hospital is drafting a policy in preparation for the day when children could decide for themselves to be euthanized.

A team at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children has developed a draft policy on doctor-assisted dying that applies to youth aged 18 and older — the legal age restriction for “medical-aid in dying,” or MAID, in Canada. However, the policy was also developed “with an eye to a future when MAID may well become accessible to capable minors,” the team of bioethicists, palliative care doctors and others report in the Journal of Medical Ethics.

In the introduction to the article, they state, “Thus, this paper is intended as a road map through the still-emerging legal and ethical landscape of paediatric MAID.”

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