Belgium to legalise Child euthanasia

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PostThu Feb 13, 2014 10:10 pm » by *WillEase*


Published on Feb 13, 2014

Belgium will be the first country to allow euthanasia for terminally ill children of any age, if the Country's parliament votes in favour of a controversial bill that will allow children to end their lives with the help of a doctor in the world's most radical extension of mercy killing law.


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PostThu Feb 13, 2014 10:55 pm » by *WillEase*


Belgium grants euthanasia right to terminally ill kids

Belgium has become the first country to allow euthanasia for terminally ill children after the lower house of parliament passed the law by a large majority Thursday.

86 lawmakers in the Chamber of Representatives voted in favor with 44 against and 12 abstentions. The governing socialists, the liberals and most of the opposition parties supported it, while the Christian Democrats voted against.

The bill caused a rare union between Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders who issued a joint declaration against it.

But its supporters insist that it is humane and there are clear checks and balances in the law to prevent it being abused.

“This is not about lethal injections for children. This is about terminally ill children, whose death is imminent and who suffer greatly,” said Carnia Van Cauter, a lawmaker for the Flemish Liberal Democrats who backed the law.

The law states that children seeking euthanasia must be terminally ill, rather than just in an unbearable state of suffering, which is the qualification for adults. Adult euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002.
http://rt.com/news/belgium-euthanasia-ill-children-929/
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PostThu Feb 13, 2014 11:06 pm » by RATRODROB


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PostFri Feb 14, 2014 12:48 am » by Phoenix rising


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PostFri Feb 14, 2014 12:01 pm » by Tjahzi


This issue has been thoroughly debated with different parties at the table.

There is no need to extend a child's suffering when there is only one possible outcome.

I have seen terminally ill people whose lives have been stretched out, by their own choice.

People should atleast get a choice about what to do with their own life.

As for the minor issue, if you talk to a child between 12 - 18 you'd be surprised how mature they already are, in some respects.
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PostFri Feb 14, 2014 2:39 pm » by Tntbw


*WillEase* wrote:
The bill caused a rare union between Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders who issued a joint declaration against it.



Most likely because the religious people see an individual's choice of euthanasia as a form of suicide, which is a sin under God's law. They, like God would rather see a person remain living in pain and misery no matter what, and if you choose otherwise, you go to hell.

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PostFri Feb 14, 2014 4:58 pm » by *WillEase*


Tntbw wrote:
*WillEase* wrote:
The bill caused a rare union between Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders who issued a joint declaration against it.



Most likely because the religious people see an individual's choice of euthanasia as a form of suicide, which is a sin under God's law. They, like God would rather see a person remain living in pain and misery no matter what, and if you choose otherwise, you go to hell.


It is the hope-giving promise of Romans 8:32, that neither life nor death can separate the believer from the love of God in Christ Jesus.

How can I trust in this promise and then deny its comfort to people who doubly grieve for brothers, sisters, fathers, and mothers who in horrible moments of despair decided to end their lives? I believe that Jesus died not only for the sins of us all but for all of our sins, including the forgotten ones, including suicide--if indeed he reckons it always as sin.

The Bible does not seem to condemn suicide. There are, I think, six accounts of suicide in the Bible, the most notorious being those of King Saul (1 Samuel 31:2-5) and Judas (Matthew 27:3-5). Others are Abimelech (Judges 9:50-54), Samson (Judges 16:23-31), Ahithophel (2 Samuel 17:23), and Zimri (1 Kings 16:15-20). As far as I can tell, none of the six is explicitly condemned for taking his life.

Some say that suicide cannot be forgiven because the person who did it could not have repented of doing it. But all of us commit sins that we are too spiritually cloddish to recognize for the sins they are. And we all die with sins not named and repented of.

Read: https://www.thetrumpet.com/article/1021 ... ut-suicide
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PostFri Feb 14, 2014 5:05 pm » by *WillEase*


Published on Feb 14, 2014

Belgium has adopted a law allowing terminally sick children to be euthanized. Now, these kids can have a say in whether they want to live or end their suffering. But are they able to make such irreversible decision? Should the society force those in pain to endure it further?


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PostFri Feb 14, 2014 7:00 pm » by Noentry


*WillEase* wrote:How can I trust in this promise and then deny its comfort to people who doubly grieve for brothers, sisters, fathers, and mothers who in horrible moments of despair decided to end their lives? I believe that Jesus died not only for the sins of us all but for all of our sins, including the forgotten ones, including suicide--if indeed he reckons it always as sin.


Some say that suicide cannot be forgiven because the person who did it could not have repented of doing it. But all of us commit sins that we are too spiritually cloddish to recognize for the sins they are. And we all die with sins not named and repented of.

Read: https://www.thetrumpet.com/article/1021 ... ut-suicide


I dont like whole sale religion, but in the way described the bibles meanings sounded to me highly spiritual and profound.
The bible has a higher meaning within it, that transcends faith and in the way you described it Will, in this regard you have touched on this higher knowledge.



Even tho the idea of institutionally assisted suicide for children sits uncomfortably.
Euthanasia serves the higher purpose of freewill.
Freewill is only possible if we have a spiritual path.

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PostFri Feb 14, 2014 9:15 pm » by Pateriot


This Is awesome!!! Finally some common sense! This is not only compassionate, look at all the money it will save society, affording a higher standard of living for those of us left. It also helps keep in check the World's population, helps to preserve the environment, and builds a healthier and more robust human stock. This is a win for everyone!!

Legalize abortion, euthanasia for the terminally ill adults, the aged when life becomes difficult or their life is no longer "quality", terminally ill children, adults and children who are not likely recover and who are not responsive, anyone who requires "exceptional" intervention to survive, anyone who's quality of life is not "good", the elderly, the weak, the mentally ill, the handicapped, the "undesirables", those who appose the state, the Jews, ...were have I heard all of this before? It sounds vaguely familiar?


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