An attorney and expert on the subject predicts the legalization of euthanasia will inevitably lead to the killing of children.
Rita Marker of the Patients Rights Council hopes the news of
Belgium and the Netherlands taking steps to euthanize children will
ignite American interest in what the practice really is.
"If you say that this is a good medical treatment to eliminate suffering, why would you say only a good medical treatment for those who are over a certain age?" Marker questions. "If it is a good medical treatment to eliminate suffering, then obviously it should be available to everyone. So, it just is the logical progression of the reasoning that is used to permit euthanasia."
She recognizes that Oregon and Washington have not expanded euthanasia to include children -- not yet.
"The only reason that it is so-called 'limited' to adults who have a terminal condition is because as its very proponents acknowledged, that was all the public would accept for right now," says Marker. "But that's not the goal. The goal is to make this an available medical treatment for anyone and for any reason."
So she suggests that America should take note that proponents in Europe started with the proposal to euthanize people over age 18 with terminal diseases, but they have advanced now to a proposal to do so to children.
Once it begins, she says, it progresses.