More proof that if given their head, socialists and elites will promote theories bordering on the macabre, and justify those theories as another “for the good of the people” madness. This time it is arguing children have the right to ask to be killed by the state.
Should children have the right to ask for their own deaths?
In Belgium, where euthanasia is now legal for people over the age of 18, the government is considering extending it to children — something that no other country has done. The same bill would offer the right to die to adults with early dementia.
Advocates argue that euthanasia for children, with the consent of their parents, is necessary to give families an option in a desperately painful situation. But opponents have questioned whether children can reasonably decide to end their own lives.
Belgium is already a euthanasia pioneer; it legalized the practice for adults in 2002. In the last decade, the number of reported cases per year has risen from 235 deaths in 2003 to 1,432 in 2012, the last year for which statistics are available. Doctors typically give patients a powerful sedative before injecting another drug to stop their heart.
Only a few countries have legalized euthanasia or anything approaching it. In the Netherlands, euthanasia is legal under specific circumstances and for children over the age of 12 with parental consent (there is an understanding that infants, too, can be euthanized, and that doctors will not be prosecuted if they act appropriately). Elsewhere in Europe, euthanasia is only legal in Luxembourg. Assisted suicide, where doctors help a patient to die but do not actively kill them, is allowed in Switzerland.
One of the advocates offers this justification.
“The principle of euthanasia for children sounds shocking at first, but it’s motivated by compassion and protection,” said John Harris, a professor of bioethics at the University of Manchester. “It’s unfair to provide euthanasia differentially to some citizens and not to others (children) if the need is equal.”
And Dr. Gerlant van Berlaer, a pediatric oncologist at the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussels hospital, says the changes would legalize what is already happening informally. He said cases of euthanasia in children are rare and estimates about 10 to 100 cases in Belgium every year might qualify.
“Children have different ways of asking for things but they face the same questions as adults when they’re terminally sick,” van Berlaer said. “Sometimes it’s a sister who tells us her brother doesn’t want to go back to the hospital and is asking for a solution,” he said. “Today if these families find themselves (in that situation), we’re not able to help them, except in dark and questionable ways.”
I could offer a thousand reasons why we should not kill children, even sick ones, with the ease of a request. First, and foremost is to ask the hard question- Is the child getting the best care in the STATE RUN HEALTH SYSTEM?? What if the child could survive if he or she had not been born in Belgium and subject to the type of care the State provides? We know in America kids are often transported to hospitals with cutting edge technology to fight their diseases, often with charity and private donations. So a child here could not only avoid suffering but recover from a disease that in Belgium the state and doctors want to give the child the right to be killed because of.
As we argue the value of a single payer system this is one of the key question we need to ask. When the State takes over and fails to provide decent treatment, is the inevitable outcome allowing sick children to commit state sanctioned suicide?
The fact Belgium and other nations in Europe are making what is a fiscal decision (it is expensive to keep fighting a terminal disease) by eliminating the patient in the guise of humanity just proves once again when you surrender your rights to the State, the State will continue to abuse you until you have nothing left. Of course because it is “for the good of the children.”