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Belgium Approves Child Euthanasia

Parliament in Belgium has passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions.

When, as expected, the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice.

It may be requested by terminally ill children who are in great pain and also have parental consent.

Opponents argue children cannot make such a difficult decision.

It is 12 years since Belgium legalised euthanasia for adults.



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“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

well, you did ask for it

well, you did ask for it

A series of unfortunate events would unfold

I can not think of a more disturbing and unfortunate turn of events. Count Olaf would love to kill 'im some orphans.

Apparently not. They have

Apparently not. They have staked themselves on a false ideology, and so have to follow it to every absurd conclusion...

I know, right?

some of the same people who whine about light spankings, and say teaching religion is child abuse. Turn right around and say killing a child is okay under "Some" circumstances.

Just remember, Bill, don't you dare 'use violence' against these people by voting for a Liberty Candidate. Because that is EVIL, (even though morality does not exist)


a child cannot understand a decision like this.

if all my child wanted to eat was candy, i'd have to say no. he cannot understand why this would harm him, but i know, and would have to 'force' him to see otherwise. once he's an adult, his brain will be fully developed and he will be able to reason with himself. and this is a smaller and much simpler issue than suicide.

belgium's new law only gives evil adults the ability to profit from a child's ignorance and vulnerability.

Christians should not be warmongers! http://www.lewrockwell.com/vance/vance87.html

Sorry to say, but

I know many adults that continue to consume candy in unhealthy quantities. Therefore, this cannot be the criterion for determining when someone is allowed to make decisions for themselves.

“Although it was the middle of winter, I finally realized that, within me, summer was inextinguishable.” — Albert Camus

So what are the criteria ?

So what are the criteria ?

You dont give kids enough

You dont give kids enough credit. Depends greatly on maturity and what not, but yes, they are indeed capable of understanding things. While I wouldnt perhaps expect a 3 year old to understand such a decision like this, I would expect a 6-7 year old would be able to comprehend it.
Its like everyone forgets they were kids once(actually, I recently found out this is true to a large extent so that makes me all the more interesting because I actually remember) and I understood at something like 7 well enough what death was.

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

We have the right to life,

not because our founding documents said so, but because it is natural, for brevity's sake. I would argue that death is no different. Most people who are in pain can express it and scale it. Parents and doctors would know if all other help was exhausted. We don't usually make our animals suffer until death, why should we treat our loved ones with any less respect?

I believe this decision is a personal one. Although, Im not against safe guards, like the verification of an unbiased doctor before any euthanasia takes place.

-Matthew Good