By Wesley J. Smith
Good grief, assisted suicide isn’t even legal in California, and yet a regular Los Angeles Times contributor wants child euthanasia of the kind recently enacted in Belgium legalized in the Golden State. From the column, by Scott Martelle:
“Yes, there are sound reasons why we do not entrust the young with significant life decisions, and why we carve out exceptions for criminal behavior in recognition of their inability to often not understand the full weight and repercussions of their actions. But for a child facing death in the short term, and in agony, we as a society should enable the child’s right to die with the least amount of suffering — under the protocol (or a variation) suggested above.
“Even if the concept chills us to the bones.”
It should chill us to the bones.
Besides, the idea that doctor-prescribed death is about terminal illness is laughable — including for children. Indeed, in the Netherlands, seriously disabled babies are killed by doctors in their cribs under the Groningen Protocol.
And check out how wide the killing agenda has spread in Belgium, including euthanasia for a botched sex-change surgery, joint euthanasia of elderly couples, and euthanasia of MS patients coupled with organ harvesting. If child euthanasia is legalized, the same metastases will happen for the young, as well.
Culture of death, Wesley? What culture of death?
Editor’s note. This appeared on Wesley’s great blog.