Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Creating better society through Dr. assisted suicide for children under 1?

Culture, Ethics, Health care, Religion, Slipping fast!

Often on the internet one interesting link leads to another. I followed an article on homeschooling to one on Belgian parents going to jail for failure to vaccinate their children against polio. Since that issue is important to me I started reading UN Report: Belgium. That is when I found this bombshell: (My emphasis)

Building a Better Society

The Belgian government’s authority over the health and education of its children is deemed by many as a mark of progress toward a “better society” where children’s rights are properly recognized and protected. Those that satisfy the government’s standards live in peace.  For the rest, there is no peace, and sometimes, they are not even allowed to live.

Since 2002, Belgium has allowed doctors to terminate the lives of infants under the age of 12 months if they feel the baby is somehow disabled or deficient, and is likely to suffer in life as a result.14 More than half of the Belgian babies who die before they are a year old are killed by deliberate medical intervention.15 In 16% of cases, parental consent was not even considered.16 To put these numbers in perspective, the CIA World Fact Book estimates that roughly 106,000 babies are born in Belgium each year.17  Even using conservative estimates of Belgium’s rate of assisted-suicide in infants, one can estimate that some 470 children will die before they celebrate their first birthday.  Of these 470, more than 200 will die not from natural causes, but from direct medical intervention. Forty (40) of them will die regardless of their parents’ wishes, objections, or pleadings. Such a program might produce a “better society,” but one is left in horror at the ultimate sacrifice of innocent babies.

Unfortunately, the program has been deemed so “successful” in Belgium that in March 2008, the government began considering legislation that would also make assisted-suicide available to teenagers and younger children who are terminally-ill.18

How is it an infant or toddler can even commit suicide? Notice they don't call it what it is: murder or infanticide. As if this "choice" was not bad enough, they don't even consult the parents! Imagine if Helen Keller's parents lived in Belgium? 

Embryonic stem cells are in the news again with Obama sure to open the wallet of government funding. Washington or Oregon already has Dr. assisted suicide laws for terminally ill adults. This is a slippery slope. With government funded health care on the horizon, it is just a matter of time that the imperfect will be terminated for the greater good of those deemed perfect or worthy by the government. Think it can't happen here? Bet they didn't think it would happen in Belgium either.




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