The first child euthanasia case in Belgium that prematurely took the life a teen is what many pro-life advocates are calling a clear call to not legalize doctor assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Officials in Belgium have confirmed that a terminally ill 17-year-old boy – whose name and illness have not been divulged to protect anonymity – has become the first child euthanized since the Scandinavian country removed age restrictions two years ago.
Belgium is the only country that allows euthanizing children – regardless of their age.
Alex Schadenberg, of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, told OneNewsNow that there is one underlying problem.
“[The problem centers around the fact that] they've crossed the line by deciding to kill,” the pro-life advocate asserted.
He notes that doctors have broken down the walls that used to protect the sanctity of human life.
“It's okay to have a doctor lethally inject a patient,” Schadenberg expressed in disbelief. “It's okay to have someone directly involved with causing the death of their patients. Once you've done that – once you've crossed the line – the only question now is whom are you going to do this to. That's what's going on here. It just continues to ever expand and in fact, the problem is that they allow it in the first place.”
Schadenberg maintains it is clear that countries should never open the door to allowing a doctor or family member – or anyone else – to be allowed by law to kill another person.
Once this euthanizing practice is legalized though, the conservative leader argues that it is just one natural step from allowing adults to terminate … to granting children the same right.
“This should be a calling – a siren to the culture,” Schadenbeg warns. “This should be a loud bell ringing in our culture that if you allow this, this is what will happen – maybe not tomorrow but eventually. It's just a logical outcome.
The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children in England is reporting that there is evidence of doctors in Belgium either halting treatment for babies born with a disability -- or in 17 cases, killing them with painkillers.