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Belgians Surprised at “Killing Children” Criticism


The Belgians are “surprised” that much–not enough, but still much–of the world is revulsed by the country legalizing child euthanasia. From the Reuters story:

Bart Sturtewagen, chief editor of De Standaard, one of the country’s largest daily newspapers, said that after 12 years of legal euthanasia in the country, Belgians had grown used to it as an option for the final stages of their lives. “I’m annoyed at hearing ‘you’ll kill children’ in the foreign media. We don’t use that kind of language anymore. It’s a very different debate on a different level,” he said..

As they say, the truth hurts. The Belgians don’t debate that way because it makes them look as bad as they really are.

But allowing doctors to kill sick children is precisely what the new law allows. That’s a fact. And it won’t stop at the terminally ill any more than adult euthanasia has.


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