Belgium Allows Child Euthanasia Bill To Pass in Parliament
by email@example.com on December 12, 2015 - 2:03pm
Prof. Dr. Decker
Human Bio 109
News Activist Assignment
Belgium since the year 2002 has put into affect with the support of Parliament and Senate a bill that allows child euthanasia for children with terminally ill diseases under the age of eighteen years old. This controversial issue sparks public debate on the right to live and die in children as well as their mental competency to make this medical decision. In Belgium particularly which is one of three countries that allow for child euthanasia includes The Netherlands and Luxembourg is on the forefront political agenda for religious leaders, the monarch, parents and medical professionals.
Beglium should be regarded as the first country in the world to uphold any personal freedoms of children when they are terminally ill. In a more simpler defintion, Belgium is the first to eradicate any limitations for child euthanasia. Child euthanasia though is not just an medical decision, it must meet certain criteria. The child must be suffering from a terminally fatal condition. The child (patient) must be nearing the cycle of end of life. The child needs to be evaluated and then deemed as un-able to help through medicinal efforts. The child must be able to comprehend and understand fully the decisions they are making. The child also must reflect the ability to make this profound end of life choice.
A child's ability to make this decision is where much political agenda arises. Varying from religious aspects, to Belgium's own monarchy support by the King Phillippe, to the opposition by medical professionals and parents' of medically sick fated children, all are left in a heated debate to whether child euthanasia should be put into pass. Key issues that make child euthanasia spark are a child'support mind is often under-developed. They tend to make quick or on the spot decisions rather than long-term decisions. They also do not have the instinct structure to make short and long term decisions. Children are not yet fully mature to make mental reasoning, emotional stances, and moral decisions as adults. Children tend to be swayed easily by adults such as their caregivers or authority figures. A child before undergoing euthanasia must be seen by psychologists, care-givers, and doctors' to initiate the actual life ending process.
Religious strife has come into play in child euthanasia from multiple aspects. One perception by Muslim and Jewish proctors and leaders in Belgium is that when givin humanity power to be able to determine the end of life, how could this power not absolutely corrupt-? In other words Society through humanity and mankind can more easily abuse the law as well as a child's rights. Another religious aspect is should a country, state or nation be making this decision to exemplify the end of life? What kind of socioeconomic pattern would a government be displaying that the end of a life is measureable-? Religious doctrine would better explain this notion as when any country allowing this medical law marking the death phase of a human's life by sensationalism. Religious leaders are worried that death is marking a country's nation as planting it's seeds in its government and it's people. Parents that are against euthanasia state loosely that a child should have the option to die with dignity and grace. They should be fighting to live even just breathing because life is never gauranteed. Life is a gift. Life is precious.
As Belgium's euthanasia law has passed political perspectives have stirred it's people. One theory is that the bill passed for allowing child euthanasia does not focus or clearly define the ability of the child to make theit own decisions. The bill does not also clearly state the possibility of the child being influenced by the parents and/or caregivers. The bill from a political standpoint does not consider or guard against misuses or interpretations of mis-conduct of the child euthanasia. The bill cannot protect the most innocent individual in its doctrine which is the child. It was not their decision to be born or inherit abnormal genes and or diseases. Children who are in their phases of fatal diseases need to be advocated and protected from the opportunity of criminal and let's face it evil forces. Parliament passed themail child euthanasia bill with 86 MS voting in favor, 44 against and 12 abstentions. Public support is about 75% that a child should have the same rights as an adult. It should be noted that since 2002 the ability to make this life ending state increased from 25% to 1432. Another possible perspective could be who monitors cases of child euthanasia in statistical analysis.
Child euthanasia when passed by medical professionals is given in high doses to the child. They are given sedatives. They are also withheld food and liquids to shorten theit life process. Child euthanasia typically takes a couple of hours spanning a number of days.
Child euthanasia is really a complex subject that cannot be made by just the factor of the fatal disease. The patient is a child. They need to be heard. They need to be fought for. They need to be seen. Child euthanasia is not necessarily a medical choice but can be a personal choice. It should be a personal decision alone to end un-think able symptoms and suffering of rare and fatal diseases. Life somehow needs to be diagnosed in the child euthanasia process. Somewhere. Somehow.
My Questions for You:
What is your perspective?
Do you believe a child is capable of making a decision such as euthanasia, why or why not?
What would you tell Government about this topic?