Reason and Rationale Gone Awry

by Bob Jagendorf

"Guardian" photo by Bob Jagendorf

Belgium and the “Better Society”

As we fight in this country for our freedoms and parental rights that some are so eager to cede to the state, it would do us well to observe where other nations in the world are in the fight.

Euthanasia is currently permitted on infants and more than half of the Belgian babies who die before they are 12 months old have been killed by deliberate medical intervention.
In 16 per cent of cases parental consent was not considered.  —Reported in the UK Telegraph.

More than half of the deaths were from “medical intervention”… and in 16 percent of cases parents had no choice? How can a society get to the point where this even remotely looks right and good?

We may be tempted to think, well, that is Belgium, this is not… so we’re ok, but the same forces that brought Belgium’s good sense to its knees are at work here.   Take religion out of politics, and this is what is left—- reason and rationale gone awry.

Where are the political voices of condemnation?  The thunderous objection, the international sanctions, the public denunciations, are just a murmur.

The Belgian government’s authority over the health and education of its children is deemed by many as a mark of progress toward a “better society” where children’s rights are properly recognized and protected. Those that satisfy the government’s standards live in peace.  For the rest, there is no peace, and sometimes, they are not even allowed to live.

Since 2002, Belgium has allowed doctors to terminate the lives of infants under the age of 12 months if they feel the baby is somehow disabled or deficient, and is likely to suffer in life as a result.14 More than half of the Belgian babies who die before they are a year old are killed by deliberate medical intervention.15 In 16% of cases, parental consent was not even considered. To put these numbers in perspective, the CIA World Fact Book estimates that roughly 106,000 babies are born in Belgium each year.  Even using conservative estimates of Belgium’s rate of assisted-suicide in infants, one can estimate that some 470 children will die before they celebrate their first birthday.  Of these 470, more than 200 will die not from natural causes, but from direct medical intervention. Forty (40) of them will die regardless of their parents’ wishes, objections, or pleadings. Such a program might produce a “better society,” but one is left in horror at the ultimate sacrifice of innocent babies.

Unfortunately, the program has been deemed so “successful” in Belgium that in March 2008, the government began considering legislation that would also make assisted-suicide available to teenagers and younger children who are terminally-ill. —From ParentalRights.org

We need to take a careful look at political policies and ideas that leave too much of the thinking and control over family issues in the hands of nanny government.  This is where the medical and child “professionals” are leading us for the betterment of society, and like innocent children too many of us follow.

Belgium— “there, but for the grace of God, go I.”

—Beetle Blogger

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12 Comments

  1. January 9, 2009 at 12:53 am

    This is outrageous that they can actually kill a child because it is disabled. What type of a country is Belgium? Don’ t they know that they should never discriminate against people like this who have disabilities?

  2. rubyeliot said,

    January 9, 2009 at 8:32 am

    thank you for the gorgeous photograph accompanying this post.

  3. beetlebabee said,

    January 9, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks Ruby, I love eye candy. Life has so much beauty in it. It also has suffering, but I don’t think we should be so afraid of the suffering that we disregard the beauty.

    Even terminally ill patients can feel joy and love. Who are we, or who is the government to decide when a life is not worth living? There are too many corrupted morals and ulterior motives flowing through the veins of some of our leaders to cede life and death decisions to them. It is completely alarming to me that not only the children in question have their choice in the matter stripped away, but also the parents. 16% of parents have no choice. That is just astounding to me.

    All the effort we put into saving lives, prolonging life, all stems from a complete reverence and respect for life that has somehow ebbed away in the Belgian culture. I see it happening here as well, how scary that is.

  4. thecatzpajamas said,

    January 9, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Hitler had the same plan. Euthanize all the elderly, mentally challenged, disabled, and sick, leaving only a ‘perfect’ society behind. this is sickening.

  5. January 9, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    I think that it’s not consent that is important to consider here. If 84% of parents consented, does that make it ok to kill those babies? The time to choose to either have children with the risk of disabilities or not is 9 months BEFORE the birth. At that point NO ONE can argue that choosing to not attempt to conceive is anything but the choice of the (would-be) parents.

  6. beetlebabee said,

    January 9, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    That’s true, Troy. I hadn’t turned it around that way. I can’t imagine 84% of people consenting either.

  7. Emissary said,

    January 9, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    It reminds me of a scene in “A Wrinkle in Time”. When the children go to ITS planet, they are told that any time a person gets sick (even with a cold), instead of letting them “suffer”, they are immediately killed. As a society, we’re not there yet, but it’s all a matter of moving lines. Who defines what “acceptable suffering” is?

  8. Emily Rockwood said,

    January 10, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    I had no idea this was happening somewhere in the world–I can’t believe anyone could have such extreme beliefs about life and death, especially of infants! I am reminded of Herod’s behavior. I know many families who feel themselves very blessed for having a “disabled” child. They have such love in their homes and they know it is because of the Spirit this special child brings to their lives!

    California is on it’s way, though. We were at risk for having a baby with Downs Syndrome. They were very concerned and wanted us to get an Amniocentesis–which would have endangered the baby. This would have let us know for sure if the baby had Downs or not. We declined. The doctors were surprised and tried to talk us into it. We declined again. Their stance was to the effect, “If you know the baby has Downs, then you can have it aborted.” Wo! We were very surprised at their feeling about it. They were even more surprised when we told them we wouldn’t have the baby aborted even if it did have Downs!

    For the record, we have a healthy six-year-old boy who is a successful first grader, can read, and play the piano. We are grateful for him in our family and know we would love him and be glad for him even if he did have a disability! How sad it would be if we would have listened to those doctors. Even worse, what if they would have made us abort the baby? What a sickening thought.

  9. James said,

    January 10, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Cicero, in contemplating what makes men happy, came to the conclusion that happiness does not come from the absence of tribulations or pain, but in the face of such trials a man still find happiness. Since when have we, as a society, become the judge on who can find happiness or lead a happy life.
    The rational behind such actions, I believe, is the thought that rather then let a person “suffer” with disabilities, it would be better to have them not to live at all. Since happiness cannot possibly come to those with such trials in life. This rational is sickening and wrong. By denying “suffering” these people feel that they are being “benevolent” dictators of life. But with the denial of ones “suffering”, these people also deny any chance for goodness or happiness. The world is full of many good things and by denying even the chance such joy to those who not yet the ability to object, is far past the line of good or decent; it’s despicable.
    Would these children, if given the choice, choose to live despite their apparent disabilities and live to experience whatever joy they may come to know, or choose to experience nothing. I dare say that I would rather live for the joys of life in the face of any tribulation, disability or trial that I may face. You and I have that choice, the least we could do is not deny that choice to others.

  10. rubyeliot said,

    January 10, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    emily, rock on.

  11. Liberty Belle said,

    January 11, 2009 at 1:00 am

    James and Cicero, I’m behind you 100% I suffer. We all suffer, sometimes greatly. I still choose life. There’s nothing scary about suffering compared with the alternative. Our United States are following lock step after Belgium. We have three states now with assisted suicide laws. It’s only a matter of time unless we speak up.

  12. Raytmimer said,

    January 14, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Wow, I had no idea Belgium was so far gone.


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