There’s a terrible story out of Belgium today: A young child has been euthanized in what’s being hailed as a “landmark case”–the first time Belgium’s two-year-old “mercy killing” legislation has been applied in a case involving a minor.
No details have been released regarding the child whose life was ended. We do know that he or she was terminally ill, and that the parents, rather than providing support and cuddles and comfort, approved the killing. Presumably, they and the medical staff who signed off on the euthanasia request had encouraged the child to “end it all.”
Belgium had legalized euthanasia in 2002, but only in 2014 did the government extend the right to euthanasia to children. According to The Guardian,
The Belgian amendment, which was passed after heated debate — notably over the meaning of a required “capacity of discernment” — offers the possibility of euthanasia to children “in a hopeless medical situation of constant and unbearable suffering that cannot be eased and which will cause death in the short term”.
Any request for euthanasia must be made by the minor, be studied by a team of doctors and an independent psychiatrist or psychologist and have parental consent.
So this poor child, instead of dying at the time God had intended, calm and secure in mommy and daddy’s loving arms, was subjected to a drug cocktail which stopped the heart and ended brain function.
In a culture adrift in relativism, which approves the dismemberment of children still in the womb, this tragic killing is perhaps the natural extension. Let us pray that the story will touch hearts, and that people will open their eyes and reject the craven consequences of the Culture of Death.
May his/her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
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