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.”