Most of the world has laws allowing the murder of unborn children, but at least one nation is now seeking to expand their laws to allow euthanasia for children. The Belgian Senate recently voted in a landslide decision, 50 – 17, to allow minors to request their own deaths by doctors.
If the law is passed it would make Belgium the first nation in the world to legalize the murder of children. The only requirement needed for a child to ask that their life be terminated is that they “possess the capacity of discernment,” which is a very subjective criterion and could become a recipe for abuse.
The law is geared towards allowing children with “constant and unbearable physical suffering” to seek an end to their lives. Euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002, however, since the law has been in place only those aged 18 or older have been able to make the decision to end their lives. It’s reported that 1,432 Belgians requested euthanasia in 2012, which was a 25 percent increase over 2011.