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Belgium Lawmakers Pass A Law To Give Kids The Right To DIE! Find Out Why Other Countries Might Want To Consider Doing The Same!

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This is such a hard topic.

If a terminally ill child is in severe and intolerable pain, suffering to extremes, do they have the right to die? To choose their own death?

Belgium says yes, yes they do.

In a new bill adopted by the lower house of Belgian Parliament, the euthanasia rights that adults have have been extended to minors — and passed pretty decidedly with 86 to 44 with 12 abstentions.

Of course, this means that these minors have to meet strict criteria, like that the child is able to understand what euthanasia means, and there's parental consent.

The only step left is to see the bill go to the king, Philippe, to be signed into law.

This bill, though widely supported, was super divisive.

Linda van Roy lost a baby, something no mother should ever have to go through. She also had to watch her little one suffer.

She is one of the biggest supporters of this bill, and said:

"We want for those children to be able to talk about euthanasia and to ask those questions and if they really want to say, 'Stop, this is it, I don't want it anymore,' that they can have a choice."

Right or wrong, we say that's up to the kids and the parents involved — otherwise it isn't anyone else's business.

The world's just lucky that in the scheme of things, this 'right to die' law would rarely come into effect and needed to be used. It's awful that it might need to be at all, but wouldn't that option be appropriate according to the situation?

For example: in the Netherlands, where children have been able to request euthanasia with parental consent since 2002, only five children have ever made that choice.

The biggest issue is whether or not kids even have the capacity to make a decision like this, regardless of a parent's approval. Nobody wants a child to make a decision based on the influence of the parents.

It's a tough situation, but we would hope with enough criteria to meet and enough hurdles to jump through that the option would only be available to those who would ever need it — and then, still just be an option with a freedom of choice.

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3 comments to “Belgium Lawmakers Pass A Law To Give Kids The Right To DIE! Find Out Why Other Countries Might Want To Consider Doing The Same!”

  1. siffobifforiffo says – reply to this


    Suicide should be legal. Why does society give women the right to KILL people as fetuses but those fetuses dont have the right to kill themselves? Thats illogical. I was always pro assisted suicide. 4 weeks ago I stubbed my toe on the corner of an open door. The pain was excruciating. Some people feel like that over their entire bodies. Chronically. They should have the right to end their suffering. Its not my place to say "no. you cant do that. you must suffer with your pain. Now pardon me. I have a party to attend".

  2. Isa says – reply to this


    Being from Belgium myself, I think I live in a great country for making this law.
    If a child is suffering and its terminally ill. Why let it suffer for an extra week or so? when it could have a great final week where it will enjoy life and can still say goodbye to everyone. and let is die in peace. There was a teen in Belgium who said; I would rather enjoy my last moments in life then to suffer

  3. Frikandel says – reply to this


    Re: siffobifforiffo
    Assisted suicide remains a touchy subject but it makes sense in a way. Why recognize physical pain, but ignore psychological pain… What about a situation where you're not in excruciating pain but experience enough of it to render you incapable of performing the most simple of tasks and/or activities?