Culture of Death: Belgium Eyes Child Euthanasia

Culture of Death: Belgium Eyes Child Euthanasia

BRUSSELS — Since euthanasia was legalized in Belgium in 2002, Belgians have been euthanized for blindness, depression, anorexia nervosa, and a botched sex change operation.

Now, Belgians want to allow euthanasia for children.

Under legislation currently being debated in the Belgian Parliament, terminally ill or suffering children under 18 could be euthanized if they request it, their parents consent to it, and an expert deems the child capable of understanding their decision.

The bill is widely supported and is expected to become law.

‘Kids Never Choose Death’

Supporters of Belgium’s proposed euthanasia law say it is necessary and compassionate, but critics say it is only the next phase in what they call “a culture of death.”

Euthanasia is now considered medical therapy in Belgium.

Not only do two thirds of Belgians favor the new euthanasia bill, but in a controversial poll, three quarters said it would be okay for parents to euthanize their sick children without the child’s consent.

“The child does not have the maturity to get married or to buy alcohol or to buy cigarettes if he is 14. Now we are saying that because he is suffering, he might have the possibility to ask for euthanasia,” Carine Boucher, with the European Center for Bio-ethics in Brussels, said.

Michel De Keukelaere, a law student and the founder of the March for Life in Brussels said, “Children never choose to die. I don’t believe a child under 18 who is sick and who is ill wants to die.”

“Who will give the suggestion to the child that one of the solutions is euthanasia?” Boucher asked. “A child doesn’t know what euthanasia is. A child doesn’t know what death is.”

Socialist Revenge?

If children almost never want to die, why is such a law even necessary?

De Keukelaere views it as “…really a symbolic law. It’s sort of the revenge of these socialist and liberal parties who want to show that Christianity in Belgium is finished.”

What the law will almost assuredly do is make the practice of killing suffering children more common. Some Belgian doctors are already killing newborns with spina bifida at the parents’ request.

“The answer is caring. The answer is not killing,” Boucher said.

She said what doctors should be doing is alleviating the suffering of the terminally ill with world-class palliative care.

But the media and the left in Belgium are sending the message that doctors who resist euthanasia are uncaring.

“If you refuse euthanasia, you are a ‘bad doctor.’ It’s not tolerance, it’s really discrimination,” Boucher said. “It’s the world upside down.”

“Under all this terminology like, ‘It’s safe, it’s completely controlled by doctors.’ We give doctors the right to kill. Doctors should cure, they should not kill,” De Keukelaere said.

A vote on the measure is expected within weeks.

*Original broadcast Oct. 21, 2013.

22 thoughts on “Culture of Death: Belgium Eyes Child Euthanasia

  1. …and there we have it. We discussed this for a long time last night in our home. Initially very cold, matter of factly. Children horrified. They KNOW they are easily influenced at their tender age…and pretty darn terrified of death. Can you imagine a child consenting to this (because it would be consenting to the idea that has been planted in their heads) out of pure selflessness to not burden their family any longer. I wish to write upon the subject. I wish to summon a LIGHTENING BOLT – but who am I to judge. And yet we must.

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    • Your fallings, are normal human feelings.
      The sad fact is that the ruling class wants to destroy and kill us but not in one swoop because hey… Hitler did it before and the world was appalled…so why not kill us slowly and also go for the children because if they have this culture of death impregnated into them it will be normal ,accepted and not challenged.
      And I think they are trying to prepare us for a Hunger Games scenario and extermination program.
      By the way I don’t know if you are aware that in US a woman can abort her baby up to the 9 TH month. I think is child sacrifice like the Mayans did.

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      • You know what – all the ins and outs are endless. They truly are – the pit has no bottom hence the fall will not end. Even without knowing details and all the facts – one can feel it in the air as every part of creations groans under the weight of it. That is all I know – and I weep – I truly do. Yet our faces we must keep turned to light, if we are not to be consumed by the dark. It is the only way I can look at it all dear Sir – for I have no other way to walk this beautiful planet that we are turning into a God forsaken hell hole.

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      • I respect that. I try to do the same. It is just too many things all the time – ones soul could explode or implode.
        Information is vital. Knowledge is key. SO is a speck of peace in a crazy world. If I were to think on these things daily – I would lose my mind – literally – what good could I do then…I know – I have been there. I am on the verge again and hence must find shelter from the constant barrage the crap in the world. It is not going anywhere.

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      • Yes Mr Rabbit 😀
        I am however not feeling like Alice today.
        Hang on!! What kind of cookies are you offering??? 😀
        Not making light – just pacing myself – one must hold our own identities. That’s the point isn’t it? To remember who we are, or know it as it all progresses. Find the time and place where we are meant to be part of the solution not the problem.

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      • Yeah – so I watched the clip after I left the comment 😀
        But it still makes sense right?
        The bad news – you can’t escape – but finding sanctuary in like minds – well helps a bit to understand and know …and teach. I hope 😉

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