Belgium’s Euthanasia Law Doesn’t Protect Children From Themselves

Disturbing.

Ideas

The Belgian Parliament upped the ante last week by redefining the words “slippery slope” and “abhorrent” in its historic vote to expand its euthanasia laws – already some of the most liberal in the world – to include children. Once the king signs the law, terminally ill children may, with the approval of doctors and their parents, choose to die.

The law can be interpreted to include many medical conditions, and as a quadriplegic advocate for persons with disabilities, this alarms me. Children in all cultures tend to approach adults in authority with trust. They look to us for comfort, advice, and support. To have an adult in authority approach them and suggest euthanasia as an alternative to life is swinging the compassion pendulum to the outer edges of horror.

It should be in our nature as adults to protect our young. The UN Convention on the Rights of the…

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About Katherine Wacker

Katherine Wacker is currently a reviewer for Bethany House Publishers, and Howard Books. She is a Craftsman graduate of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writer’s Guild. She holds a B.A in History from San Diego State-Imperial Valley Campus. In her spare time she likes to read books, watch sports, and do jigsaw puzzles. She lives at home with her parents and three dogs, Charlie, Roscoe and Daisy.
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