Euthanasia and Europe
Abortion may be the biggest killer of children in the West today, but in Europe, especially those “progressive and liberal” continental states, the rise of euthanasia is sure to drive up these numbers in the coming years.
Three children were killed by euthanasia in 2016 and 2017 in Belgium, according to a report by the country's federal control and evaluation committee.
Belgium legalised euthanasia for minors in 2014 - the only country in the world to have done so for children of all ages (although there is evidence of doctors intervening in the deaths of disabled babies in both Belgium and the Netherlands). In 2016, Professor Wim Distelmans, the head of Belgium’s Federal Control and Evaluation Committee on Euthanasia, issued a statement confirming the first physician induced death of a minor, a 17-year-old boy.
But Europe is not limiting its lust for death to its own children. The majority of those liquidated like unwanted dogs tend to be the weak and the elderly.
The number of such patients requesting euthanasia has almost doubled in the last four years from 232 to 444. Cancer remains the primary reason for euthanasia requests.
Our position as Christians is crystal clear: the taking of human life is wrong except in cases of just War, self-defence or as punishment for the most severe crimes as mandated for in the good book.
To see a loved one suffer in his or her dying days is an event we all dread, but the strength and bravery of a loved one in those final days can inspire us. Everyone of us will be in that position and it is important that we are familiar with this inescapable chapter of the human experience. Such an example can inspire us as we come face-to-face with death in our own time, confronting it with determination and dignity.
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