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Belgium to weigh euthanasia for children, dementia victims

October 31, 2013

Legislators in Belgium are considering a proposal to allow for euthanasia of children, with the consent of their parents.

Belgium was the first country to legalize physician-assisted suicide, and over 1,000 people choose to end their own lives each year under the provisions of the nation’s law. But proponents of euthanasia argue that the law does not allow for the euthanasia of children suffering from painful disease. The proposed legislation would also allow for physicians to end the lives of people suffering from dementia, with family approval.


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  • Posted by: chady - Nov. 10, 2013 7:40 AM ET USA

    Man or woman must at some point confront the mystery of the world's suffering and God's apparent silence..Christ continued to love..even in the dark night of the cross. He did so trusting in his Father and hoping in the future Kingdom of righteousness. Our faith affirms..God is not beyond the suffering but paradoxically hidden in it, faith believes that out of pain comes the new life of the Resurrection. Excerpt: 'Prayer in the Catechism' by John O'Donnell SJ [Page 95]

  • Posted by: [email protected] - Nov. 01, 2013 1:24 PM ET USA

    Gee! Doesn't this all sound so familiar? This is the basic arguement that the Nazis first used before they came up with the final solution. Perhaps the Belgium legislature should be taking some history lessons.

  • Posted by: garedawg - Oct. 31, 2013 10:38 PM ET USA

    Can I adopt a Belgian politician and have him euthanized?

  • Posted by: jplaunder1846 - Oct. 31, 2013 6:52 PM ET USA

    Dawkins' brave new world is becoming a reality.