Euthanasia, also known as “assisted suicide” or “murder” depending on your point of view, will soon be expanded in the Netherlands to include children with certain terminal illnesses. The big leap, the last one to the abyss of death, has been taken by the government, which along with liberals and leftists also unites two parties that claim to be Christian!
Dutch authorities are about to make changes to the country’s euthanasia laws to allow parents to end the lives of their terminally ill children. The Dutch government has agreed to legislate for the euthanasia of some terminally ill children between the ages of 1 and 12. According to an NOS report, the government has insisted that the measure will only be available to children in particularly serious circumstances, suffering from a painful terminal illness that will lead to their imminent death. An exception, exactly as three years ago, was what had led to the introduction of euthanasia in the country, the exceptional incurability of an illness… We are unfortunately seeing instead how the exception has become a terrible scythe of state-ordered death for the elderly, depressed, lonely and all but terminally ill.
For the Cabinet, the euthanasia exception for children aged 1 to 12 “will cover children with an illness or disorder so severe that death is unavoidable, and the death of these children is expected in the foreseeable future,” reads a Cabinet statement on the amendment. Meanwhile, Dutch Health Minister Ernst Kuipers said the legislation will ultimately affect a small number of children: the Minister expects that there will be no more than five to 10 children each year in the position of having to resort to euthanasia. Of course, all cases involving the euthanasia of a child will be submitted to a special commission dedicated to the examination of such cases, which will be headed by a criminal lawyer from the country. Dutch government authorities broke the news with relative caution, insisting that if any aspect of the changes were to be put to a vote, individual MPs will be able to vote with their conscience. Health Minister Ernst Kuipers announced in a press release on April 14 that he expects the regulation to be implemented within the year. The new guidelines will likely apply only to about five to 10 children a year for whom “termination of life is the only viable option to end the child’s unbearable and hopeless suffering,” Kuipers said.
Protestant and Catholic churches wrote a letter to the House of Representatives expressing their concerns about the reform proposal the government has deliberated. The letter stressed that children “cannot make an independent choice when it comes to actively ending life.” According to the churches, children do not have sufficient capacity to oppose the choice of others to actively end their lives. The government has a responsibility to protect life, especially for those who cannot do so on their own and other vulnerable people, they write. “We fear that this proposal will lead to a discussion about the possibility of euthanasia for other groups of incapacitated persons, such as persons with severe dementia. This is very threatening to individuals with vulnerable conditions.”
It would in fact be the state eugenics drift already applied in the current century in the Low Countries and in the Prussian and English states well before the terrible experiments of the Nazi totalitarian regime. Meanwhile, just in the past few days, it has been reported that the Dutch Euthanasia Assistance Center has accepted 1,240 requests for euthanasia last year, 11% more than in 2021. The number of applications also increased by 13%, from 3,689 in 2021 to 4,159 in 2022. Were there not a few exceptional cases for which the Dutch government passed the euthanasia law in 2001 with “charitable generosity”? Now every year an entire town disappears due to “sweet death,” and soon the children will also be killed in the same way…