The Netherlands and Belgium legalized euthanasia a number of years ago. Originally, the idea was to let terminally ill patients put themselves out of their misery. But once the basic taboo against physicians killing their patients was surmounted, euthanasia in those countries has expanded to the mentally ill, to the depressed, to children, and to those who are just “tired of living.” Belgium would not dream of carrying out capital punishment, but it approved of euthanasia for a convicted murderer who asked for it, though he later backed out.
Charles Lane gives the details about how euthanasia keeps expanding to include more and more people, including those who cannot give meaningful consent, such as children and the mentally handicapped. Read his whole article for the details. I excerpt his conclusion after the jump. [Read more...]