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Belgium’s King Philippe signs child euthanasia bill into law

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Yesterday, the Belgian king signed into law a controversial bill allowing for euthanasia of children. While it seemed unlikely that King Philippe would do anything but sign the bill, there was worldwide controversy surrounding the law, including harsh condemnation from the American Academy of Pediatrics, which rightfully said that this law makes children expendable. None of the controversy and outrage from around the world mattered, though. Children can now legally be killed in Belgium, no matter their age.

Belgian newspapers reported that King Philippe signed the bill into law Sunday, putting to rest weeks of speculation on whether he would approve the law amid strong opposition from Catholic organizations throughout Europe.

The legislation, which grants children the right to request euthanasia if they are “in great pain” and there is no available treatment, makes Belgium the first country in the world where the age of the child is not taken into consideration. Similar legislation exists in the Netherlands, though only for children over the age of 12. In both countries, children are required to receive the consent of parents, doctors and psychiatrists.

The fact that the law “requires” the consent of parents, doctors, and psychiatrists is good enough for defenders of the euthanization of children, and of euthanasia in general. To them, if the law says that such things are required before a person is euthanized, then surely, that’s what will happen.

Those people are living in a fantasy.

Belgium decided to advance this bill because doctors were already euthanizing children, even though it was against the law. And while Belgium’s euthanasia laws require the person requesting it to be either terminally ill or in unbearable pain, that’s not even remotely close to what happens. In Belgium, people are euthanized for blindness, for anorexia, even those who admit that they’re suffering from depression. The twins euthanized because they were going blind, for example, were not terminally ill, nor were they suffering any physical pain. Yet they were miraculously able to be euthanized somehow. Is this something to celebrate?

We’ve seen time and time again that when it comes to euthanasia, the standards and regulations in place never hold. But as sure as the sun will rise, there will be people defending this legislation, saying that no child will be euthanized because, say, his parents find him too much of an inconvenience. It couldn’t possibly happen, because the law requires that the child asks first, right? Just ignore the constant lawbreaking that comes with euthanasia in every single country that allows it. Ignore the slippery slope that never ends. Ignore it all; just close your eyes and ignore reality. It will all be fine. Tell yourself that, and perhaps you’ll be able to sleep at night.

To the people who think that it’s just A-OK to euthanize children of any age, I ask this: what happens when a six-year-old asks to be euthanized? Do you really believe that not only does a six-year-old have the proper mental faculties to truly understand what he’s asking for, but also that he understands all of his options, including hospice and palliative care, and came up with the idea of euthanasia 100% on his own? Who on Earth truly believes that a child is intelligent and mature enough to understand all of this, when children’s brains aren’t even developed enough yet to do so?

I’m also curious what the reaction will be when a toddler is euthanized. How about a baby? Maybe they’ll start teaching babies “euthanasia” in sign language so that we can make sure it’s what the little infant wants. And if they do, then no problem! There’s no age limit now. All of that pesky lawbreaking that seems to keep happening won’t happen this time.

The legalization of this bill is an absolute travesty, and mark my words: it will be the children with disabilities who suffer the most because of this. And people will defend it every step of the way.

  • MamaBear

    This is the beginning of the end of research for cures for what is presently incurable. And into research for better palliative care and hospice care.
    There will be no need.
    There is no way a child will freely make his or her decision in this.

    • Basset_Hound

      This is the beginning of the end of research into rehabilitation and palliative care. It will be cheaper to give a child the needle if he is handicapped or ill. It will be easier and easier to declare that the child is “suffering”….if he is dyslexic, ADHD, somewhat unattractive, or if the child’s parents deem it “too much for them to bear” that the child isn’t their carbon copy in interest and temperament. Likewise if the mother is no longer with her baby-daddy, and her current shack-up stud doesn’t want to raise another man’s child. It will be easy to hound, abuse and belittle a child to the point where he will want to die, and find someone who is more than willing to perform the “service”.

      • Ingrid Heimark

        Health care in the future will be about preventing illness, and execute the people who cannot get cured by a certain amount of time, or at a certain function. It has to come, when we kill off our young, we can’t afford a welfare state. Since there will be riots when suggestions come to reduce welfare, more and more permissive and active killing will be the result.

        I really don’t want to get old in this world.As of yet, there is still enough resources in the system to pay for treatment for everyone old and cronically ill. This WILL change, and as you say, all research into cronic illnesses like alzheimers, Parkinsons, Huntingtons and palliative care will be eliminated. Have a disabled child? You chose it, you pay for it! That is already suggested. A family in Norway chose life for their down syndrome boy, they were harrassed on the internet for choosing life.

        • Jeremy Tirey

          Even children with down syndrome can be productive members of society and most show more love and compassion than the people that care for them

        • MamaBear

          Many oncologists seem to use the exact same speech when they tell you that you are now stage 4:
          “You will be in treatment for life, so think of it as chronic rather than terminal. I’ve even had a few patients with your exact diagnosis make it to 10 years. And when we run out of treatments that control it, we have very good palliative care so you won’t suffer.”
          I personally know a lady that is at 9 years with stage 4 BC and doing great. I correspond with one at 10 years, she was doing great until very recently. But, they are exceptions. I know, I broke doctor’s orders and googled survival rates.
          (Hearing that 10 years does sound real good until you realize he did not say out of how many patients and that even if you are one of them, you will only make it into your 60s.)
          Euthanasia advocates will google it, too. But, they will stop there. They will not look for the exceptions that will have 5 or 10 good years. (Heard of one lady who made it 20.) They will say, these people are never out of treatment and most won’t even make it 5 years. They are a waste of money and medical resources.

  • Sheryl Rose Lippitt Sandhaus

    I am one of those who would have been terminated at birth or shortly after. I do live with constant pain, and use Fentenyl Patches for some relief along with oral medications, too. I have a full life. I have love, laughter and a rich life of friendships and family. I worked full time to retirement, (this was a shocker as i wasn’t expected to live past young adulthood). As I continued living, the doctors had to be creative in dealing with my rising bone, joint and connective tissue pain. While not totally relieved, it is lessened enough. I also use therapy pool exercises to help with pain control. Am I addicted to the morphine derivative? Yep. Do I care, Nope. Do Dr.’s care, not too much, but do watch my respiratory health. The body is PRO LIFE. IT will always seek to find life. There are times when the body is done and says, “I’m done.” NOT THE PERSON, the body.

    • Tim Connelly

      God bless you, Sheryl. Praying for you.

    • Jeremy Tirey

      Your an amazing person, God Bless you and I only wish that more people had your knowledge and courage. People are ignorant and unwilling to open their eyes and usually take the easy way out. I hope you are recognized for your strength and courage and I wish the people making these decisions knew the people out their like you before they chose to make it legal to kill our children

  • JDC

    Interestingly enough, in 1990 King Baudoni of Belgium chose not to sign legislation legalizing abortion. The legislation was enacted when he was temporarily removed from office, but it was still a nice gesture.

    http://books.google.com/books?id=B8iJNlWcdIUC&pg=PA30&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=true

    • Ingrid Heimark

      So when they can’t get abortion by fair methods, they just expel whomever is in their way. How not surprising, but yet shocking.

  • Belgium’s new claim to fame. How horrible. In Holland where my family is from, the elderly are afraid to go into the hospital because they know that their Doctors are all killers. Belgium is now even more deadly than Holland. Human beings are expendable, disposable and objectified in our brave, new, materialistic pagan world.
    God help us all.

    • Jeremy Tirey

      It all depends whether your rich or not

  • saraht

    i have fibromyalgia and live with constant pain of some sort or another. and yet i am blessed with a husband of 22 years, 2 amazing boys (one with Down syndrome) and a dream job of working as a graphic designer from home. this law is so disheartening. there’s still so much joy in life – even if pain is a constant.

  • pdigaudio

    Somewhere in the bowels of hell, Hitler gave his nod of approval.

  • MamaBear

    A few interesting things about euthanasia/assisted suicide:
    In the Netherlands, they have found time to die usually takes a half hour to 10 hours, with 3 hours as the average. Nausea and vomiting are common complications. (Does not sound like it is peaceful or quick.)
    The most commonly prescribed drug prescribed to induce death in Oregon is forbidden by the Danish company that makes it from being sold to prisons for executions.
    Terminal cancer patients on Medicaid in Oregon are often refused palliative doses or chemo or radiation (given to relieve various cancer symptoms) in the mistaken belief by state officials that their doctors are trying to extend their lives, leaving them with only the options of just pain meds or assisted suicide.

  • ccalreds

    What a disgrace. This just makes me SICK.

  • Population control is a UN agenda.

    United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda 21 was introduced in 1992.

    “The goal of socialism is communism” – Vladimir Lenin

    See: “AGENDA – Grinding America Down” (youtube)

    Read “None Dare Call it Conspiracy” – Gary Allen, 1971

  • Michelle Smith

    There are no words to express my feelings regarding this news except to say that it breaks my heart.

    • oilcanp

      I cry for mankind.

  • oilcanp

    Did Hitler win ww 2?

  • Kendi

    For a child that can so easily be convinced by parents that a giant rabbit delivers colorful eggs to good children on Easter, they can just as easily be told that ‘euthanasia’ means ‘magic-take-your-pain-away-medicine’.