Belgium approves euthanasia for children
February 13, 2014
Belgium’s parliament has voted to allow euthanasia for children.
By a vote of 86 to 44, the lower house of the Belgian legislature approved the measure, which had already won passage by the senate last year. The law would authorize doctors to end the lives of children who ask to die because they are terminally ill and in pain. The bill stipulates that the children must understand their request, and parents must give their approval.
Belgium’s Catholic bishops issued a statement saying that they were “very disappointed” by the parliamentary action. The bishops expressed fears that the new law would “open wide the door to a future extension [of euthanasia] to handicapped persons, people with dementia, those who are mentally ill, even those who are tired of living.”
Last year there were 1,432 cases of legal euthanasia in Belgium.
- Belgian parliament approves child euthanasia (Catholic Herald)
- Belgian senate approves euthanasia for children (CWN, 12/13)
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Posted by: Defender -
Feb. 14, 2014 1:46 AM ET USA
What the Nazis couldn't completely accomplish, the Belgians have now done it by legislation. Pope Francis needs to appoint real men to be bishops all across the globe - their "disappointment" notwithstanding.
Posted by: petronius1111718 -
Feb. 13, 2014 5:58 PM ET USA
What is the United Nations going to do about this. Or is it only the Catholic Church they are going after?
Posted by: Frodo1945 -
Feb. 13, 2014 4:19 PM ET USA
"Very disappointed". How nice. Where is the outrage, indignation, righteous anger that normal men experience when they are confronted by this incredibly immoral law? This is pathetic if the report is true.
Posted by: bruno -
Feb. 13, 2014 4:17 PM ET USA
One can easily imagine 'disappointed' parents coercing their child into requesting they be put down like a sad pet. God forgive us for not speaking out more forcefully against this insanity.
Posted by: bkmajer3729 -
Feb. 13, 2014 4:05 PM ET USA
This is not only very disappointing it is yet another symptom of collapse from within. There is no reason for such a measure, absolutely none, except the twisted and well, diabolical, logic of the spirit Gomorrah.