Culture of Death Spreads in Belgium

Nearly half of the newborns who died in the Dutch-speaking region of Belgium called Flanders were helped to die by their doctors, according to a new study.

Paediatricians […] either discreetly stopped treating the babies or, in 17 cases, illegally killed them with lethal doses of painkillers.

The study, published in The Lancet, examined the deaths of every baby who died within a year of birth in Flanders between August 1999 and July 2000. The results of a survey on the causes of death were stark: paediatricians who responded to the survey admitted they had taken “end of life” decisions in more than half the cases.

Most commonly, that involved withholding or withdrawing treatment because physicians believed the baby had no real chance of survival or the baby had no chance of a “bearable future”.

In 40 cases, opiate pain killers were used in doses with a potentially life-shortening affect. In 17 cases, a lethal dose or lethal drugs were administered.

Bear in mind that this went on even though administering the life-ending drugs violated Belgian law.

80% of the doctors surveyed agreed that “the task of the physician sometimes involves the prevention of unnecessary suffering by hastening death”.

Just watch. This is the direction America is heading.

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