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Teens need right to 'medically assisted suicide'
telegraph ^ | 26/03/2008 | By Bruno Waterfield in Brussels

Posted on 03/28/2008 5:25:10 PM PDT by Grzegorz 246

Teenagers should be given the right to medically assisted suicide and the parents of terminally ill younger children should be able to choose euthanasia under proposals from members of Belgium's coalition government.

The plans to extend rules allowing doctors to perform euthanasia on terminally ill people suffering "constant and unbearable physical or psychological pain" comes amid heated Belgian debate on the issue.

Under existing Belgian laws, in place since 2002, patients, other than newborn babies, must be over 18 to qualify for assisted suicide, a situation that Bart Tommelein, leader of Belgium Liberals, wants changed.

Mr Tommelein, whose party is a key member of Belgium's coalition government, has pledged to bring forward new legislative proposals extending euthanasia to children and old people suffering from such severe dementia that they are unable to choose for themselves.

"We will seek, as Liberals, parliamentary majorities," Mr Tommelein said.

The ethical debate will mean another headache for Belgium's new Prime Minister Yves Leterme and his fragile government, which took power last week after a nine-month political crisis.

Cardinal Danneels, Belgium's Catholic Cardinal, used his Easter sermon to start a polarised national debate on euthanasia.

"Avoiding suffering is no act of bravery," he said. "Our society seems unable to cope with death and suffering."

The Cardinal has reacted to Belgian media "glorification" of the "brave" euthanasia least week of Hugo Claus, a Flemish writer suffering from Alzheimers disease.

There are more than 39 cases of euthanasia declared by doctors in Belgium every month, but the true figure is thought to be double that.

Euthanasia is currently permitted on infants and more than half of the Belgian babies who die before they are 12 months old have been killed by deliberate medical intervention.

In 16 per cent of cases parental consent was not considered.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: belgium; choosedeath; cultureofdeath; europe; euthanasia; infanticide; moralabsolutes; posttermabortion; prolife; qualityoflife; suicide; teens
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1 posted on 03/28/2008 5:25:15 PM PDT by Grzegorz 246
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To: Grzegorz 246
Under existing Belgian laws, in place since 2002, patients, other than newborn babies, must be over 18 to qualify for assisted suicide

more than half of the Belgian babies who die before they are 12 months old have been killed by deliberate medical intervention.
2 posted on 03/28/2008 5:26:26 PM PDT by Grzegorz 246
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To: Grzegorz 246; wagglebee

“Euthanasia is currently permitted on infants and more than half of the Belgian babies who die before they are 12 months old have been killed by deliberate medical intervention. “

Good Lord.


3 posted on 03/28/2008 5:26:32 PM PDT by dynachrome (Immigration without assimilation means the death of this nation~Captainpaintball)
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To: dynachrome

Just flat out evil.


4 posted on 03/28/2008 5:27:56 PM PDT by tdewey10 (Voting for McCain. We need a non-activist USSC. It's time to end the legal murder that is abortion)
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To: Grzegorz 246

No, no, no... give them the option. The more idiots we get out of this world the better. I know several teens and early 20-somethings who are so miserable and whacked out on Xanax that they’d be better off. It’s really a sad state of affairs, but welcome to the next Generation!


5 posted on 03/28/2008 5:28:21 PM PDT by rarestia ("One man with a gun can control 100 without one." - Lenin / MOLWN LABE!)
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To: Grzegorz 246

Take heart liberals, Europeans agree with you. The unborn, the old and the infirm should be eliminated.


6 posted on 03/28/2008 5:29:49 PM PDT by infantrywhooah (Hold your nose and vote in November. Even McCain is better than the alternatives)
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To: Grzegorz 246

I’d like to see all fetuses have a right to be born and then, once they are old enough, let them decide if they would like to continue living.


7 posted on 03/28/2008 5:30:35 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (How many more "scientists and researchers" can the taxpayers afford to support with Federal grants?)
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To: rarestia

I’m sorry but do something for the kids you ‘know’ instead of offing them. Get them off the prescription drugs, talk to the parents. Talk to them about God and that every life having a purpose.

I’m not saying their condition is your fault or that you are responsible for them bieng that way. But don’t just give up on ‘em. They need a reason to feel useful and that there is some plan for them being here, right now - and it ain’t about them committing suicide.


8 posted on 03/28/2008 5:32:14 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: dynachrome

Just a guess here but God has to be done with Europe.


9 posted on 03/28/2008 5:33:12 PM PDT by edcoil (Go Great in 08 ... Slide into 09)
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To: infantrywhooah

Ya know, I keep thinking that the Nazis won in the end... The EU is lot like what a Nazi German dominated Europe would have looked like.
‘Bout the only they don’t have is “Lebensraum” in the East.


10 posted on 03/28/2008 5:33:59 PM PDT by Little Ray (I'm a Conservative. But I can vote for John McCain. If I have to. I guess.)
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To: dynachrome
“Euthanasia is currently permitted on infants and more than half of the Belgian babies who die before they are 12 months old have been killed by deliberate medical intervention. “

Presumably this does not include abortions.

So Brussels is where the devil stays when he's in europe?

11 posted on 03/28/2008 5:34:45 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Free New York)
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12 posted on 03/28/2008 5:39:16 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: the invisib1e hand

“where the devil stays”

I am sure he feels right at home. Isn’t Brussels where the EU is headquartered, also?


13 posted on 03/28/2008 5:39:17 PM PDT by dynachrome (Immigration without assimilation means the death of this nation~Captainpaintball)
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14 posted on 03/28/2008 5:39:50 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Actually Belgium is behaving like they have moral authority in case of human rights, democracy etc. when in fact with laws like this one they should be treated like an ass of the world.


15 posted on 03/28/2008 5:41:59 PM PDT by Grzegorz 246
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To: Grzegorz 246

Tell me again why we wasted American blood saving these demons from the Nazis.


16 posted on 03/28/2008 5:42:30 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Grzegorz 246

All they had to do was sell contraception. Abortion soon followed - after abortion, it isn’t much of a journey to kill anyone at any stage of life.


17 posted on 03/28/2008 5:42:51 PM PDT by ducdriver ("Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance." GKC)
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To: Grzegorz 246
Maybe the islamists and Neo-Nazis over there can all kill each other.
18 posted on 03/28/2008 5:44:00 PM PDT by darkangel82 (If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. (Say no to RINOs))
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To: wagglebee

They just can’t kill enough people fast enough, can they?


19 posted on 03/28/2008 5:45:50 PM PDT by BykrBayb (In memory of my Friend T'wit, who taught me much. )
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To: 8mmMauser

Ping....


20 posted on 03/28/2008 5:49:52 PM PDT by TheSarce
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