Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Belgium is planning to extend euthanasia to children with disabilities.

An article published in presseurop under the title: Belgium: 'Another step towards euthanasia of children' indicates that the Belgium government clearly intends to extend euthanasia to children with disabilities.
In the wake of several months of testimony from doctors and experts in medical ethics, a Belgian Senate committee will on June 12 examine the possible extension of the country’s euthanasia law to include children. 
“On both sides of the linguistic border, liberals and socialists appear to agree on the fact that age should not be regarded as a decisive criteria in the event of a request for euthanasia,” notes De Morgen. They want doctors to decide on a minor’s capacity for discernment on a case by case basis. 
The daily points out that the Christian Democrats may not approve the change, but the Flemish nationalists of the N-VA have said they are ready to vote in favour of the proposal to ensure that it is backed by a majority.
I guess euthanasia is not really about choice or consent.
Considering the fact that Quebec has chosen the Belgian model of euthanasia, how long will it take for Quebec to consider extending euthanasia to children with disabilities?
Recent articles concerning Belgian euthanasia.

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