“The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices.”
-C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
For decades, ‘pro-choice’ advocates have insisted there’s no “slippery slope” to abortion, that the right to end your child’s life in the womb will never lead to your right to end it outside of the womb.
Recently, Belgium legalized the euthanization of children. The country’s leaders passed the law despite overwhelming evidence that adult euthanasia (allowed since 2002) is widely abused, with multiple studies proving that a full third of people euthanized in Belgium don’t even request to die. The real numbers are surely even more frightening, as it’s estimated more than half of the nation’s euthanasia deaths aren’t even reported to the government. And while the adult law specifies only physicians can euthanize, a considerable number of nurses have taken the initiative to end a patient’s life, one study showed.
The new law allowing children to be euthanized is especially grotesque. Not only may parents request their child be euthanized, but children themselves may request to be killed if the parents consent. Doctors can even override the parents if the doctor believes the child fully understands the choice he’s making.
One has to wonder how anyone could believe that a child–a child!–can possibly understand “the full implications” of having someone put them to death. This is staggering.
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