By Wesley J. Smith
Netherlander doctors kill terminally ill, disabled, elderly, Alzheimer’s patients, and mentally/ill depressed age 12 and up.
They also commit infanticide of dying and disabled infants, even though that is not technically legal.
Now, medicalized killing boosters want to make sure that children ages 1-12 have a means of being killed, with a new children’s euthanasia center in the works.
From the NLTimes story [under the headline, “EXPERT: CHILD EUTHANASIA CENTER IMMINENT IN THE NETHERLANDS”]
Within the next year a center for euthanasia in children will open in the Netherlands, professor of pediatrics Eduard Verhagen predicted to Dutch newspaper AD, who calls him the authority in the field of child euthanasia. Under current Dutch legislation, euthanasia can be applied for infants up to a year old and kids over the age of 12, if they suffer unbearably.
Kids between the ages of 1 and 12 years are considered incapable of making such an important decision for themselves and are not eligible for euthanasia. But according to Verhagen, doctors are already investigating the practice of life-end decisions for kids between the ages of 1 and 12 years. “We think that some children under the age of 12 are well able to make such important decisions,” he said.
Think about this: No matter how precocious, a Dutch 10-year-old would not be able to contract to buy a car or get a tattoo.
But, such a child will be able to direct that they be made dead as a way of ending their suffering of a serious illness, disability, or profound existential crisis.
Culture of death, Wesley? What culture of death?
Editor’s note. This appeared on Wesley’s great blog.