BRUSSELS, December 12, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In 50-17 vote today, the Belgian Senate approved a bill that would allow euthanasia for children. The bill now goes to the House of Representatives for final approval before being sent to the King to be signed into law. Most political observers are predicting the passage of the bill.
Currently the law in Belgium allows euthanasia requests for those over 18 and of sound mind, although it is acknowledged that these restrictions are widely ignored. The bill allows euthanasia, with parental consent, for children experiencing intolerable physical pain and who are suffering from a terminal medical condition.
Since legalization of euthanasia in 2002, Belgium has seen a nearly 500 percent increase in deaths by euthanasia.
Since legalization of euthanasia in 2002, Belgium has seen a nearly 500 percent increase in deaths by euthanasia. Various studies have found that patients in hospitals are increasingly being killed without their consent or the consent of their families.
In an opinion piece published in Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper last week warning Quebec against following Belgium on the path to euthanasia, Mortier wrote about his mother’s death.
“Her departure wasn’t the serene family gathering, full of peace and reconciliation, which euthanasia supporters gush about,” he said. “The University Hospital in Brussels phoned my wife the day after.”
“It was the first we had heard of it. My mother died without her closest family at her bedside.”
“This law hurts immensely,” Mortier said. “I don't understand why my country isn't questioning it more.”
Ruth von Fuchs, President of the Right to Die Society of Canada, defended the Belgian proposal today in comments to LifeSiteNews. Speaking for herself, rather than for the Right to Die Society, which she says does not have an official stance, she said the bill “acknowledges that young people can possess enough ‘capacity of discernment’ to decide that no life at all would be a better situation for them than continued life of the kind they are now living and will keep on living until they die without help.”
I am also going to share a link to a blog that I posted August 1, 2010 so everyone can just stop and read it before you all start with the Hitler comments and learn a little piece of American History they don't dwell on a whole bunch!