We truly live in a twisted – evil world folks…
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. – Eph. 5: 15-16
Belgium, one of the very few countries where euthanasia is legal, is expected to take the unprecedented step this week of abolishing age restrictions on who can ask to be put to death – extending the right to children for the first time.
The legislation appears to have wide support in the largely liberal country. But it has also aroused intense opposition from foes – including a list of paediatricians – and everyday people who have staged noisy street protests, fearing that vulnerable children will be talked into making a final, irreversible choice.
Backers like Dr Gerland van Berlaer, a prominent Brussels pediatrician, believe it is the merciful thing to do. The law will be specific enough that it will only apply to the handful of teenage boys and girls who are in advanced stages of cancer or other terminal illnesses and suffering unbearable pain, he said.
Under current law, they must let nature take its course or wait until they turn 18 and can ask to be euthanised.
Though one opinion poll found 75 per cent of Belgians in favour, there has been a vocal opposition.
“We are opening a door that nobody will be able to close,” Andre Leonard, the archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels and chairman of the Episcopal Conference of Belgium, told The Associated Press. “There is a risk of very serious consequences in the long term for society and the meaning we give to life, death and the freedom of human beings.”
In Luxembourg, a patient must be 18. In the Netherlands, children between 12 and 15 may be euthanised with parents’ permission, while those who are 16 or 17 must notify their parents beforehand.