Saturday, September 11, 2004

Vatican Official Blasts Dutch Euthanasia for Children Proposal: "A leading Catholic official is blasting a proposal in the Netherlands that would allow children under the age of 12 to request assisted suicide."

"Approved in 2002, Dutch law allows adult patients suffering from incurables diseases to request assisted suicide. Teenagers under the age of 16 must have their parents approval, but the newly proposed law would drop that to 12 years of age."

"The Vatican official said the Dutch law is rapidly moving away from assisted suicide and towards euthanasia. Many residents of the European nation wear arm bracelets telling doctors not to end their lives prematurely."

Belgium Lawmakers: Expand Euthanasia Law to Include Children: "Following a proposal in neighboring Netherlands, Belgian lawmakers are putting forward a measure that would expand the country's legal euthanasia law to allow doctors to end the lives of children without parental permission."

"Belgium legalized euthanasia in September 2002. In all, 400 cases of euthanasia have been documented in Belgium since the practice was legalized and many more may not have been reported to governmental authorities."

"However, a number of ethicists point out that the 'right to die' often leads to the 'duty to die,' with people who are seriously ill believing that they must end their lives in order to avoid being a burden to others.

"For instance, published reports indicate that euthanasia practitioners routinely engage in illegal practices that are abusive to patients."

"In June, reports surfaced that three people with Huntington's disease and a person with Alzheimer's had died in the Netherlands as a result of euthanasia—even though Dutch law prohibits mercy killing in such cases."

Isaiah 28: Hear the word of the Lord, you scornful men, Who rule this people who are in Jerusalem, Because you have said, "We have made a covenant with death, And with Sheol we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge passes through, It will not come to us, For we have made lies our refuge, And under falsehood we have hidden ourselves."

Therefore thus says the Lord God: "Behold, I lay in Zion a stone for a foundation, A tried stone, a precious cornerstone, a sure foundation; Whoever believes will not act hastily.

"Also I will make justice the measuring line, And righteousness the plummet; The hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, And the waters will overflow the hiding place. Your covenant with death will be annulled, And your agreement with Sheol will not stand;

"When the overflowing scourge passes through, Then you will be trampled down by it. As often as it goes out it will take you; For morning by morning it will pass over, And by day and by night; It will be a terror just to understand the report."

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