Belgium Euthanizes its First Child Via Lethal Injection, Who Will be Targeted Next?

International   |   Alex Schadenberg   |   Sep 19, 2016   |   5:54PM   |   Washington, DC

News stories about the first reported euthanasia death of a “child” in Belgium emphasize that this lethal injection case was an exceptional circumstance.
Once euthanasia becomes accepted in society, it is normal for it to expand to include children, people with dementia and other people with conditions where consent is questionable.

In the interview for the Euthanasia Deception documentary, Lionel Roosement (above) spoke about a time when he was walking in the park with his daughter in a wheelchair, that a stranger came up to them and said: Why have you not euthanized that child?

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Legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide creates a belief that some lives are not worth living.

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The 2015 Belgian euthanasia data indicates that the number of euthanasia deaths continue to increase. According to the Belgian media, in 2015, there were 2021 reported deaths by euthanasia, up from 1924 reported euthanasia deaths in 2014.

But Wim Distelmans, the chairman of the euthanasia commission reminded the media that they cannot say for certain the actual number of euthanasia deaths. Distelmans stated:

“Remember, there could be some euthanasia cases carried out but which are not declared so we cannot say for certain what the number is,”

Distelmans remarks are confirmed by research published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) in March 2015 concerning the euthanasia practice in Belgium found that:

  • 4.6% of all deaths in 2013 in the Flanders region were euthanasia.
  • 1.7% of all deaths in 2013 in the Flanders region were hastened without explicit request.

According to the study nearly half of the euthanasia deaths were not reported and more than 1000 assisted deaths occurred in 2013 without request. Note: Alex Schadenberg is the executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition and you can read his blog here.