Do you remember some of the decisions you made as a teenager? Perhaps decisions you regret making now because of their long-term consequences.

I read an article the other day concerning a special committee of MPs and Senators considering whether youth under 18 should have access to euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Some of the experts called to testify were of the opinion that if the committee felt they needed to set a minimum age for medical assistance in dying (MAID), it should be the age of 12.

One witness, lawyer Bryan Salte stated that while he would not recommend that the decision require family agreement or consent, the family should be at least aware of what was happening.

On the other side of the argument was Alisha Montes, an associate professor of pediatrics at Memorial University. Montes told the committee that MAID for mature minors carries the highest amount of risk as the consequence is death, and that is irreversible.

The experts tell us that suicide is already this group’s second-highest cause of death. I can’t imagine this will help.

Three thousand years ago, King Solomon wrote in Proverbs 14:12 “There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death.”

Have a great week, and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

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