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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Belgium considering unprecedented law to grant euthanasia for children, dementia patients

Playing God - A prophetic sign??

We've been sitting on this blog entry for a few days now unsure as to how to explain it.  How do we condemn people for desiring to end their own lives if that life has become unliveable in their own minds due to circumstances beyond their control, (racked with disease).  How do we condemn parents for desiring to facilitate the surgical procedures that would make their child complete, (children having both male and female body parts).  Is it right to genetically modify a foetus so as to ensure the baby will be disease free with all 10 fingers and toes intact? 

These are questions, and others like it, that have made our day and age like none other in recent history.  We now have the ability to play God, (or think we do), in terms of deciding who lives, who dies and what that person will look like when they are born.

If all of these things are taken to their extreme, (and when does mankind never go beyond the pale?), there will be a future time when children will not be allowed to be born unless predetermined to be perfect in all ways, and the old and infirmed will be expected to consider euthanasia to be the right thing to do.  Many dystopian movies have been made of such future societies and none of them where ever good.

The word of God warns us, when considering what appears to be right in the hearts of mankind.  It always leads to a society of death.  So even though the pain of disease felt by those seeking their own deaths is real, and the heartache felt by parents of children not fully whole grieves us, we as people of God can't condone mankind talking over the position of God and making these decisions of life and death.

There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. Proverbs 16:25 NIV 

Belgium considering unprecedented law to grant euthanasia for children, dementia patients
Should children have the right to ask for their own deaths? In Belgium, where euthanasia is now legal for people over the age of 18, the government is considering extending it to children — something that no other country has done. The same bill would offer the right to die to adults with early dementia. Advocates argue that euthanasia for children, with the consent of their parents, is necessary to give families an option in a desperately painful situation. But opponents have questioned whether children can reasonably decide to end their own lives.

Belgium considers giving children right to choose euthanasia
Belgium, where euthanasia is already legal for adults over 18 years of age, wants to extend the option to children. If the controversial bill is successful, it will become the first country to grant minors the right to die. The decision would only be legal with parental consent. The country also hopes to give patients with early dementia the same right. The legislation was proposed by the ruling Socialist party. The final decision requires the approval of parliament, which could take months. The bill is facing domestic opposition from the Christian Democratic and Flemish party, which stated that it will take the new proposal to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary, AP reported.

Germany allows 'indeterminate' gender at birth
Germany has become Europe's first country to allow babies with characteristics of both sexes to be registered as neither male nor female. Parents are now allowed to leave the gender blank on birth certificates, in effect creating a new category of "indeterminate sex". The move is aimed at removing pressure on parents to make quick decisions on sex assignment surgery for newborns. However, some campaigners say the new law does not go far enough.

X’ gender: Germans no longer have to classify their kids as male or female
Germany has become the first European country to allow parents of babies born with no clearly-defined gender characteristics to leave the ‘male/female’ field on birth certificates blank, creating a ‘third sex’ category in the public register. The law, passed in August, comes into force on November 1. It was prompted by results of a 2012 study by the German Ethics Council, which found the rights of intersex people weren’t protected well enough. The legislation is meant to prevent parents from making hasty decisions on controversial genital surgeries for their not-entirely-male-or-female newborns, done to make one of the two gender characteristics prevail.  "This will be the first time that the law acknowledges that there are human beings who are neither male nor female, or are both -- people who do not fit into the traditional legal categories," University of Bremen law professor Konstanze Plett said as cited by AFP. 

1 comment:

  1. I disagree with euthanasia. Euthanasia is the same as helping other people to commit suicide.