Children among thousands of people to have died under Belgium’s euthanasia laws

Legal for doctors to end the life of a child of any age.

Sligo News File.

Three ill children have been put to death in Belgium.

According to reports the children, aged nine, 11 and 17, were suffering from cancer and other conditions. The lives of the three were ended by lethal injection.

Mercy killing, as it’s often described, is legal in Belgium, the country in which the EU has its headquarters.

It’s stated that the fatal injection was administered to the three children between 2016 and 2017.

Belgium amended its euthanasia law in 2014 to make it legal for doctors to end the life of a child of any age, at their request.

Under the measure, parents can overrule their child’s wishes to be put to death.

Killing by lethal injection was performed on thousands of Belgians between 2002 and 2016, most of them elderly.

Additional to Belgium, human euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands, Colombia, Luxembourg, Canada and India. Assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland, Germany, South Korea, Japan, and in the US states of Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Hawaii, Vermont, Montana, Washington DC, and California.

It is understood that a Bill is soon to be brought before the Dail to enable those over 18 with a “clear and settled intention to end his or her own life” to be put to death.

At present, the Government is proceeding with speed to clear the way for abortion, the legalised killing of infants in the womb following the shock result of the referendum in which a majority of the electorate voted to remove the Eighth Amendment right to life of babies from the constitution. Media accounts report that the government is proposing to open hospital abortion facilities in the Republic to women from Northern Ireland. This is in spite of the pressure already on the Republic’s health service where
nearly a million patients have been left waiting, in some cases for years, for urgent medical procedures.

Meanwhile, legalisation of abortion in Argentina, the homeland of Pope Francis has been blocked after senators voted against the move. Anti-abortion activists greeted the decision with fireworks and shouts of joy. More than 90% of the country’s population is Roman Catholic.