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Belgium Child Euthanasia 'Opens Door None Can Shut'
CBN ^ | February 14, 2014 | Dale Hurd

Posted on 02/14/2014 3:23:08 PM PST by xzins

The decision by Belgium's parliament to legalize euthanasia for children of any age has opponents warning the European nation has crossed a dangerous threshold.

Pro-life protestors were out in force before the vote, with Marie Schwarz, a mother of four, saying that euthanasia is a "failure."

"It is death," she said. "It is not a pain killer."

Supporters called Belgium's euthanasia law necessary and compassionate. But critics said it's a dangerous, slippery slope.

Under the new law, if both parents agree their child should be killed, three doctors and a psychologist would then have to certify that the child was aware of the consequences of his or her decision. The child would have to be under medical care.

"We are talking about children that are really at the end of their life, and it's not that they have months or years to go. They will, their life will end anyway," Dr. Gerlant Van Berlaer, chief of clinic for pediatric critical care at the University Hospital of Brussels, explained.

"And the question they ask us is, 'Well, don't make me go in a terrible, horrifying way. Let me go now while I'm still a human being and while I'm still, while I still have my dignity,'" he said.

But critics asked how anyone could gauge a child's capacity for discernment in such a situation.

And news reports showed that when it comes to euthanasia, some Belgian doctors ignore the law and do what they think is best.

"I think the fact that Belgium is passing this law should sound as a warning bell to other countries which might be tempted to legalize euthanasia," professor Michel Ghins, co-founder of Euthanasie Stop, warned. "Because once the step has been made it's very difficult to prevent all kinds of extensions to take place."

The Catholic Church staged "a day of fasting and prayer" in protest.

"We are opening a door that nobody will be able to close," Archbishop of Mechelen-Brussels Andre Leonard warned.


TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; euthanasia; moloch

1 posted on 02/14/2014 3:23:08 PM PST by xzins
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"I think the fact that Belgium is passing this law should sound as a warning bell to other countries which might be tempted to legalize euthanasia," professor Michel Ghins, co-founder of Euthanasie Stop, warned. "Because once the step has been made it's very difficult to prevent all kinds of extensions to take place."
2 posted on 02/14/2014 3:23:31 PM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins
Let me go now while I'm still a human being . . .

Evidently these people have some new set of criteria for "human being" because you can apparently lose your humanity if you don't meet their standard.

3 posted on 02/14/2014 3:32:36 PM PST by madprof98
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To: xzins
"And the question they ask us is, 'Well, don't make me go in a terrible, horrifying way. Let me go now while I'm still a human being and while I'm still, while I still have my dignity,'" he said."

Completely false set of options. Belgium is a country with excellent resources for hospice/palliative care. Nobody has to die in pain.

A doctor in my parish --- Dr. Jim Holt, th Associate Director of the ETSU Family Medicine Residency --- put it this way on our parish newsletter:

" Assisted suicide is also a good example of inaccurate public debate: if a person dies in terrible pain, that is a failure of his medical team. Assisted suicide is not needed to keep people out of intolerable pain, despite what proponents say! Most doctors do not have good training in management of severe symptoms at the end of life, but they can call in hospice.

" I am board-certified in Geriatrics, so I usually co-manage with hospice. It is rare for a dying patient to have severe pain which cannot be managed with pain medicines, including bone pain, nerve-damage pain, and/or gut pain—each of these requires different medicines from narcotics. That rare dying patient who still has severe pain can be put in a medical coma until natural death."

Why do euthanasia doctors lie about this? Why do their colleagues permit them to get away with the lies? Why do children's parents believe them?

Why do surveys show that some 70% of Belgians think medically murdering terminally ill children is the right way to go??

4 posted on 02/14/2014 3:36:12 PM PST by Mrs. Don-o (Love, and let live.)
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To: madprof98

The ‘good Doctor’ from Brussels is projecting, onto the children of Belgium, his own feelings about Euthanasia. He should consider this argument using one of his own children as an example. He might have a different opinion.


5 posted on 02/14/2014 3:42:35 PM PST by originalbuckeye ("A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue;)
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To: Mrs. Don-o; madprof98

The new cure for the child in terrible suffering with ADHD....


6 posted on 02/14/2014 3:44:25 PM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins

Since no one has said it, Hitler’s first victims were the disabled children. History repeating.


7 posted on 02/14/2014 4:01:35 PM PST by RginTN
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I wonder if this “solution” will be applied among the Muslim “citizens” of Belgium. Or will it just be those of the European stock?

Just a little “genetic cleansing”. Got to make room for the new “residents”.


8 posted on 02/14/2014 4:08:49 PM PST by alloysteel (Obamacare - Death and Taxes now available online. One-stop shopping at its best!)
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To: xzins

Fire up the ovens!


9 posted on 02/14/2014 4:13:03 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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I guess Belgian kids better mind their parents. /sarc


10 posted on 02/14/2014 4:15:15 PM PST by xzins ( Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for victory!)
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To: xzins
The new cure for the child in terrible suffering with ADHD....

The kids diagnosed with ADHD are probably the intelligent boys.

11 posted on 02/14/2014 4:27:09 PM PST by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: xzins

Late term abortion


12 posted on 02/14/2014 4:39:38 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014: The Year of DEAD RINOS)
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To: originalbuckeye

If he has any.....


13 posted on 02/14/2014 5:24:26 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: xzins
Putting down kids was why God hated Jezebel (she tried to introduce a tophet in Jerusalem), and why the Greeks and Romans alike hated the Carthaginians.
14 posted on 02/14/2014 6:05:25 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: xzins
Let me go now while I'm still a human being

OMG.

15 posted on 02/14/2014 6:08:26 PM PST by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1!)
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To: xzins

This is sick.
The West is surely will end soon as other nations adopt this.


16 posted on 02/14/2014 6:10:59 PM PST by moviefan8
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To: xzins

Post-natal abortion.


17 posted on 02/14/2014 7:28:19 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: xzins

God will not overlook such monsters. There are those who have outsmarted God.


18 posted on 02/14/2014 7:46:33 PM PST by CincyRichieRich (Keep your lid on; don't let anyone dump garbage on you.)
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To: xzins
Belgium, Amsterdam, and the recent Danish public bloodfest with the giraffe for money.

It's all the same to me. Just the culture of death and the evil one...no spirituality, all physical focus. Making everything about the body.

19 posted on 02/14/2014 8:01:57 PM PST by MarMema ("If Americans really wanted Obamacare, you wouldn't need a law to make them buy it." Ted Cruz)
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To: xzins
Under the new law, if both parents agree their child should be killed

That was about every third day when I was a kid...

20 posted on 02/14/2014 9:13:46 PM PST by Dr.Deth
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To: xzins; fieldmarshaldj; GeronL; BillyBoy; AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; NFHale

Wow, this genuinely surprises me. I guess it shouldn’t.


21 posted on 02/14/2014 10:59:42 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy; wagglebee; little jeremiah; metmom; wintertime; JulieRNR21; randita

I thought that nothing could shock me anymore, but I was proven wrong. Please tell me it can’t happen in the U.S.


22 posted on 02/25/2014 2:54:08 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (The War on Drugs is Big Government statism)
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To: Clintonfatigued; 185JHP; 230FMJ; Albion Wilde; Aleighanne; Alexander Rubin; ...

Freepmail little jeremiah orResponsibility2nd to subscribe or unsubscribe from the moral absolutes ping list.

Guess I'll have to do some pinging.

Responsibliity2nd - could you help me with html so your name is a link?

23 posted on 02/25/2014 4:02:24 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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Oops, forgot this:

Moral Absolutes Ping!

24 posted on 02/25/2014 4:04:24 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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Thanks for the ping, lj. This is pure evil.


25 posted on 02/25/2014 4:23:20 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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“While they’re still human.”

Echoes of genocide.


26 posted on 02/25/2014 5:00:35 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah

thanks for the ping, little jeremiah. I always appreciate your posts.


27 posted on 02/25/2014 6:03:26 PM PST by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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Thank you for your kind words. I’ve been absent from pinging for quite a while.

I guess I should get back into the fray. I will be starting a project that requires a lot of time at the computer so I can zip over to FR easily and do a bit of pinging.

I appreciate your posts too, haven’t seen them lately, but I haven’t been around that much.


28 posted on 02/25/2014 6:55:31 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Please tell me it can’t happen in the U.S.

I wish I could.

I don't think will mind you, but I can't exactly be confident about that in today's world.

29 posted on 02/25/2014 9:16:45 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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