Human Exceptionalism

Belgium Falling Faster than the Netherlands

Belgium only legalized euthanasia a few years ago and it is already catching up with the Netherlands’ fall off the vertical moral cliff. One of the ruling parties is calling for permitting euthanasia to minors under 18 and for parents to permit the mercy killing of their children. It took the Dutch some 20 years to get where the Belgiums have in just 2 or 3. Doctors in Flemish areas have also caught up with the Dutch in the rate of infanticide, according to a recent study in the Lancet, about 8% of all infants who die each year.

But that is what happens when you redefine killing from bad to good. The guidelines that were intended to protect the vulnerable come to be seen instead as hurdles standing in the way of the good of death.