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Belgium Likely to Extend Right to Die to Children Options
Daemon
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Belgium Likely to Extend Right to Die to Children

In 2002, Belgium became one of the few countries in the world to legalize euthanasia, and now, 12 years later, it is set to become only the second to extend the right to die to children and the first to do so with no age restrictions. The Belgian bill, passed by the Senate in December and being voted on by the House of Representatives today, would give all terminally ill minors "with a capacity of discernment" who are "conscious at the moment of the request" and "in a hopeless medical situation of constant and unbearable suffering that cannot be eased" the right to seek to end their lives. More...
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Everyone has the right to live till his last breath.

Serve the Humanity, Save the Humanity
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They call it "children's right to end their lives" but it is actually "the right to kill innocent children", if they give them the right to end their lives, why wouldn't they give them the right to vote at least?
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An excellent decision by Belgium.

It will prevent a lot of unnecessary suffering.

All countries should allow euthanasia for all ages.
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"Pain can be eased nowadays, there's been huge progress in palliative care," said Nadine Francotte, a cancer specialist in the city of Liege who signed the petition.
Painkillers "enable a child to live to the last moment" while euthanasia drugs lead to un-natural death, Francotte said.
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Daemon wrote:
Belgium Likely to Extend Right to Die to Children

In 2002, Belgium became one of the few countries in the world to legalize euthanasia, and now, 12 years later, it is set to become only the second to extend the right to die to children and the first to do so with no age restrictions. The Belgian bill, passed by the Senate in December and being voted on by the House of Representatives today, would give all terminally ill minors "with a capacity of discernment" who are "conscious at the moment of the request" and "in a hopeless medical situation of constant and unbearable suffering that cannot be eased" the right to seek to end their lives. More...


I commend Belgium on setting the example for the world, by tackling this difficult issues. I for one believe that an individual should have the right and privilege to end his or her life when at least two certified specialists have documented that recovery is not possible. Euthanasia is the only humane thing to do. In addition, there are some diseases that we simply do not have cures for yet and to see people lay there and suffer with no hope is depressing. Patients should have a choice as to the treatment and as to the termination of "Their" breathing.

"You reveal your character by what you do with what you have."
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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 11:04:42 AM

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I guess if we don't want people to die, then we're going to have to treat them better as a whole, whether they coincide with our prejudices or not.

Make every post as if it was the first one in the thread.
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The grave is such a cold place. Nobody embraces there. Let them enjoy the cosy and warm presence of their kin.
Guto André
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Subject well dellicated. I believe that no legalization increases the hiding, the parties concerned shall in any way.
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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:10:59 PM

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I will try to find important decisions about Euthanasia in the Supreme Court in the United States.
Gustavo de S Consoni
Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:22:44 PM

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I´ve read that countless dying people attempt suicide behind closed doors (some with compassionate amateur assistance) or dehydrate and starve themselves to death due to having nowhere else to turn to. It happens for adults!
But the most intricate situation is now on discussion: what about the childrens?
Gustavo de S Consoni
Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:32:56 PM

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Nancy Beth Cruzan was involved in an automobile accident that left her in a "persistent vegetative state." After being sustained for several weeks by artificial feedings, her parents attempted to end life-support, but state hospital officials refused to do so without court approval.
A state trial court authorized the termination of feeding, but the Missouri Supreme Court reversed. In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the ruling of the Missouri Supreme Court, finding that the State of Missouri's actions to preserve human life were constitutional in the absence of "clear and convincing evidence" that Cruzan desired treatment to be withdrawn.
Gustavo de S Consoni
Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:35:23 PM

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Peter Singer, MA, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at the Princeton University Center for Human Values, in a chapter entitled "Justifying Infanticide and Non-Voluntary Euthanasia; Life and Death Decisions for Disabled Infants," excerpted from his 1993 publication Practical Ethics, wrote:

"When the life of an infant will be so miserable as not to be worth living, from the internal perspective of the being who will lead that life, both the 'prior existence' and the 'total' version of utilitarianism entail that, if there are no 'extrinsic' reasons for keeping the infant alive - like the feelings of the parents — it is better that the child should be helped to die without further suffering…"

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Posted: Thursday, February 13, 2014 9:31:02 PM

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It's a damn shame that in a nation so focused on justice that there is no right to live for the yet to be born.


In Sanger paradigm there is no intrinsic value difference between a dog and a human beyond the utility of their life energy.


SAD.

"Now" is the eternal present.
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