Belgium To Allow Euthanasia For Children

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    Feb 16, 2014 4:34 AM GMT
    Per The British Broadcasting Corporation:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26181615

    Parliament in Belgium has passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit, by 86 votes to 44, with 12 abstentions.

    When, as expected, the bill is signed by the king, Belgium will become the first country in the world to remove any age limit on the practice.

    It may be requested by terminally ill children who are in great pain and also have parental consent.

    Opponents argue children cannot make such a difficult decision.

    It is 12 years since Belgium legalised euthanasia for adults.

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    While very controversial, I fully support this decision by the Belgian Parliament. If a child, with the help and understanding of parents, loved ones, doctors, therapists, and psychologists, chooses to end their life of unbearable pain and suffering in the face of a terminal illness or horrendous accident, they should be allowed to.
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    Feb 16, 2014 6:39 AM GMT
    Meanwhile in the Netherlands you can get euthanasia for the reason of 'fear of humiliation.'

    I'm not sure about the Belgium law, as children are easily influenced by the adults around them.
  • Danskerb

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    Feb 16, 2014 7:47 AM GMT
    I think it depends on the extreme case. I rather it be supported than having a child commit suicide, or a parent assisting their child and being jailed for doing it. But again... It would have to come down to the individual case.
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    Feb 16, 2014 8:49 AM GMT
    meninlove saidMeanwhile in the Netherlands you can get euthanasia for the reason of 'fear of humiliation.'

    I'm not sure about the Belgium law, as children are easily influenced by the adults around them.


    I think you are simplifying it by a lot.
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    Feb 16, 2014 2:19 PM GMT
    Nayro said
    meninlove saidMeanwhile in the Netherlands you can get euthanasia for the reason of 'fear of humiliation.'

    I'm not sure about the Belgium law, as children are easily influenced by the adults around them.


    I think you are simplifying it by a lot.


    I may very well be. I was reading about it online, which often falls short of the full story.
  • creature

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    Feb 16, 2014 2:36 PM GMT
    Definitely controversial, but the safety of this law is that there must also be a parent's consent.
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    Feb 16, 2014 4:11 PM GMT
    Who ever thought about whether or not children should be allowed the option of legal, assisted suicide to end their otherwise unending suffering?

    It strikes me as a very advanced concept of expanding consciousness because it runs so counter prevailing thought processes of protecting children yet it is not without great merit. Is forcing a child to suffer daily really protection?

    It's a very uncomfortable thought but not a perverted one as there's a clear logic to it. It's not at all twisted, just completely unfamiliar. It really shows how difficult this life can be. Intellectually I know there's a ton of compassion behind the thought but emotionally it's tough to feel it. Interesting.
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    Feb 17, 2014 4:12 AM GMT
    meninlove said
    Nayro said
    meninlove saidMeanwhile in the Netherlands you can get euthanasia for the reason of 'fear of humiliation.'

    I'm not sure about the Belgium law, as children are easily influenced by the adults around them.


    I think you are simplifying it by a lot.


    I may very well be. I was reading about it online, which often falls short of the full story.


    PS Apologies if my comment came off as rather cavilier.
  • Nayro

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    Feb 17, 2014 1:57 PM GMT
    meninlove said
    meninlove said
    Nayro said
    meninlove saidMeanwhile in the Netherlands you can get euthanasia for the reason of 'fear of humiliation.'

    I'm not sure about the Belgium law, as children are easily influenced by the adults around them.


    I think you are simplifying it by a lot.


    I may very well be. I was reading about it online, which often falls short of the full story.


    PS Apologies if my comment came off as rather cavilier.


    It's ok ;)