Belgium is now officially the first country in the world to have legalized euthanasia for children under 12 years old. RT reports that Belgian King Philippe signed the bill, which was passed by the Belgian House last month. The bill allows chronically (note: not terminally!) ill children to request to be euthanized, provided parents, doctors, and psychiatrists consent. The most important bit is at the end of the story:
Belgium became the second country in the world after its neighbor, The Netherlands, to legalize euthanasia following the 2002 Belgium Act on Euthanasia.Since that time, the number of reported cases of euthanasia in Belgium has reached 1,400 per year.
That 1,400 figure comes from 2012: This was a 25 percent increase over the previous year’s rate. The 2012 figure means that about 2 percent of deaths that year were from euthanasia.When you pair this chillingly high rate of adult euthanasia with the fact that children of all ages are necessarily susceptible to being manipulated by elders, you get a recipe for skyrocketing rates of child deaths only superficially connected to meaningful consent.