Should We Make Children Suffer?
by Robin on February 4, 2014 - 12:10pm
On December 13, 2013 the CBC news released an article published by The Associated Press discussing the idea of child euthanasia. It turns out that in Belgium legislation has been proposed to legalize euthanasia for children under limited circumstances. If the law is to pass, it states that children who are in excruciating pain or children who are suffering from a terminal illness may submit a written document stating that they wish to go through with the euthanasia and that the child acknowledges the consequences. After this process, it is up to the parents to write another document confirming that they accept and acknowledge the child’s request to be euthanized. Furthermore the article say that there will be no age limit set for the request of euthanasia, although a lot of citizens are in agreement with this law the Catholic Church is in strong disagreement.
For those citizens who have agreed with proposed legislation to legalize child euthanasia can view it as individual rights to choose whether or not one should be euthanized. Many citizens believe that it is the child’s individual right to decide whether or not to be euthanized. Additionally to many citizens it may seem like a reasonable solution because it serves the desire to help other. No parents in the right mind wants to see their child suffer through any type of chronicle illness having them legally euthanized would make the parents feel better about themselves because their child did not have to suffer and rather than remembering the child’s pain and agony, the parents will be able to focus on good memories.
In the eyes of the Catholic Church euthanasia is frowned upon because it is takes away from the child’s life because it infringes on the value of equal opportunity. If Belgium is to pass the law on child euthanasia that means a little child who is so young will not get an equal opportunity at life. Rather that child would be convinced that there is no happiness from them and request for a euthanasia. The child does not get to grow or learn like another child instead the child’s life will be taken from him. Furthermore it would bring up many issues that a human life has fundamental moral worth, it would also raise question as to whether or not a young child who is suffering should be able to make sure a difficult decision.
In my opinion I think the idea of euthanasia is outrageous but having seen personally what illness can do to children and all the suffering they have to go through, I think euthanasia would be useful. I do not think a child should be able to decide whether or not to be euthanized however because at such a young age a child is not fully developed enough to make such a tough decision. However in extreme cases where it seems like there is not better option and no hope for the child, doctors should just end the child’s pain. Why should we let children in with chronic illness suffer?
The Association Press. "Child Euthansia Law Passes in Belgium Senate." 13 Decemeber 2013. CBC News. <http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/child-euthanasia-law-passes-in-belgium-sena....