Belgium Expected To Legalize Child Euthanasia

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Today, it is being reported that Belgium is expected to soon get rid of age restrictions on euthanasia. Changes to euthanasia legislation passed the Belgian Senate last December. According to the Associated Press, the lower house, the Chamber of Representatives, is expected to approve of the changes tomorrow after debate today.

More from the AP:

The legislation appears to have wide support in the largely liberal country. But it has also aroused intense opposition – including from paediatricians – and people have staged noisy street protests, fearing that vulnerable children will be talked into making an irreversible choice.

Backers such as Dr Gerland van Berlaer, a prominent Brussels paediatrician, believe euthanasia is the merciful thing to do. The law will be specific enough that it will apply only to the handful of teenage boys and girls who are in advanced stages of cancer or other terminal illnesses and suffering unbearable pain, he said.

Under current law, they must let nature take its course or wait until they turn 18 and can request euthanasia.

King Philippe must approve of any changes to the legislation before they can go into effect. According to the AP, he has not taken a public position on the issue.

I wrote about Belgian lawmakers considering allowing child euthanasia last November.

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  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    There are many children I favor euthanizing.

  • sarcasmic||

    What is wrong with those youth in Asia?

  • Floridian||

    Damn, I'm too slow. Can I still make the violins joke?

  • Doctor Whom||

    At least people are no longer going on about Soviet jewelry.

  • Anomalous||

    What's this I hear about endangered feces?

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Well, if you can euthanize them before they pass through the birth canal, what's the fundamental difference in euthanizing them afterwards?

  • Floridian||

    You don't dismember them?

  • WTF||

    Because the passage through the magic vagina confers personhood. Duh!

  • sarcasmic||

    What about C-section?

  • UnCivilServant||

    c-sected fetuses aren't people.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    I thought that was obvious. Public schools really need to do a better job teaching the mos maiorum.

  • UnCivilServant||

    I was going to make the 'post-natal abortion' reference. Now it'd sound like I was ripping you off.

  • robc||

    I was going to make a 56th trimester joke, but ditto.

  • Agammamon||

    Well, parent's have another arrow in their quiver for dealing with unruly children. Forget the boogyman, if you don't behave we're going to take a trip to Bruge.

  • Floridian||

    ....take a trip to Bruge.

    I immediately thought of Dr. Evil and snickered.

  • Agammamon||

    I missed that - I was thinking of the movie 'In Bruges'.

  • Floridian||

    I don't know that one. Any good?

  • Agammamon||

    Its decent. Slow, character driven. Kinda weird. Not at all what I was led to expect from the trailers - its marketed as a sort of fast-paced, Tarantino-esque flick about criminals with snappy dialogue. Not anything like that.

  • Redmanfms||

    Seven Psychopaths (also from McDonagh) suffered from the same miss-marketing. Both films are brilliant, extremely funny and introspective black comedies that got marketed as the same kind of mindless derivative shit Tarantino produces.

  • GILMORE||

    "Bruge"

    ITS BRUGES YOU FUCKING AMERICAN PHILISTINE

  • ||

    Euthenize victims of child porn.

  • LibertyMark||

    If you're asking the person for consent, then it is assisted suicide, not euthanasia, right? Euthanasia implies that there is no consent, or an inability to provide consent, like with an animal. Or, with a profoundly disabled infant.

  • LibertyMark||

    The use of the word euthanasia wrt to humans gives me the willies.

  • WTF||

    Don't worry, Comrade, only the kulaks, wreckers, and hoarders will be euthanized.

  • LibertyMark||

    Ok, WTF, that is a relief.

    And maybe people who like truffles if necessary.

  • GILMORE||

    "
    LibertyMark|2.12.14 @ 10:28AM|#

    The use of the word euthanasia wrt to humans gives me the willies.

    Yeah, right. I know what YOU were thinking you perverted freak.

    What does Mark like best about Euthanasia?

    Cheap Thai Hookers.

    (groan. "Youth in Asia")

    Don't even get started with the bit about his 'willies'.

  • GILMORE||

    Belgium Expected To Legalize Child Euthanasia

    Whoo hoo! ABOUT TIME!

    "Son?! Son?.... Yes, I know you were looking forward to Disneyworld... but have you ever heard of Belgium? Yes, where the Waffles come from... and yes, it was in that WWII movie with the bridges...aren't you clever... No, don't worry, you wont have to pack much at all..."

  • GILMORE||

    Since I'm on a roll with "Relevant Mr Show Reference" for an H&R topic every day, I offer you...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwPlREhpnbM

    "What's a gagortion?"

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