Belgium is on the brink of expanding its euthanasia program with
a new proposal that will allow minors to commit suicide with
Socialist party leaders are also hoping to permit
people with Alzheimer's and dementia to do the same. Alex
Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition says the
situation in Belgium is indeed deteriorating.
"Recent studies have shown that 32 percent of the euthanasia
deaths are done without requests, that only 52 percent of the
euthanasia deaths are actually reported, [and] they found that
nurses are doing euthanasia, even though the law specifically
prohibits it," he reports.
Furthermore, couples are permitted to kill themselves when one
has a terminal illness and the mate wants to die with him or
But Schadenberg is especially disturbed by the reasoning behind
allowing children to gain medical assistance to die.
"It's basically because some children who are born with
disabilities … they would say that these children are better off
dead. So, what we'll do is since some cases are probably already
doing this already anyway … we might as well just legalize this or
allow that within the law officially," the pro-lifer relays. "In
the case of dementia and Alzheimer's -- well, the fact of it is
these people are expensive, and it's much cheaper just to kill
While he recognizes that may seem crass, Schadenberg laments it
is reality in Belgium.
Meanwhile, not one physician has been prosecuted, "although
authorities know the law is being violated."