Netherlands Legalizes Killing Children

38 degrees C? Time to die, Billy.



The Dutch government will allow doctors to euthanize terminally ill children as young as one year old, making the Netherlands the second country in the world to permit the practice.

Health Minister Hugo de Jonge announced the change in a letter to Parliament on Tuesday, calling the decision necessary to help “a small group of terminally ill children who are suffering hopelessly and unbearably.”

The decision does not amend any laws, but exempts doctors from prosecution for ending a child’s life in certain conditions and with parental consent. Children between the ages of one and 12 will now be eligible for assisted suicide, whereas previously only newborn infants and teenagers could be euthanized.

Regardless of their age, candidates for euthanasia in the Netherlands must have “unbearable and endless suffering,” and must request death “earnestly and with full conviction.” Two doctors must approve the procedure.

I’ve said before that I am not entirely against “euthanasia” in the modern sense, as it usually doesn’t involve actually killing someone, but denying them treatment (“pulling the plug”). This is a massive moral dilemma presented by modern medicine.

However, allowing the state to make these decisions in an era where the state is as corrupt as it is under democracy does scare me. It’s not hard to imagine this system being used by a state run by nonwhites to mass murder white people in hospitals. In fact, I would be shocked if that doesn’t end up happening in countries that have legalized this practice while also having allowed themselves to be invaded by nonwhites.

Then just the idea of killing kids… this is a lot different than giving an 80-year-old man with dementia a supersized shot of morphine.