Patient Consent Not Required for Euthanasia in Belgium?

A few weeks ago, I posted about the recent legalization of euthanasia for terminally ill children in Belgium. This link (courtesy of Pewsitter) from the Polish Sunday Catholic Weekly is to a Google translation of an article that claims that in Belgium, “euthanasia without the patient’s consent has broad support in the medical environment.” It’s not surprising if true, since there’s already no measure of true consent for the children — if a ten-year-old lacks capacity to sign an agreement to have a credit card, how can that same child have capacity (especially if afflicted with debilitating pain) to choose to die? If the state begins to decide if and when children (incapable of giving consent) should die, why not adults too? 


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