Child Euthanasia in Belgium: My Reaction
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Geoffrey is a catechist, cantor, and subdiaconate candidate at Our Lady's Maronite Catholic Parish in Austin, TX. He is also a Camaldolese Benedictine Oblate. As a twenty-six-year-old graduate student at Texas State University-San Marcos, he lives the evangelical counsel of poverty by force of circumstance, not by choice. When not consuming ramen noodles or writing papers, Geoffrey enjoys learning about everything. As a mathematics educator, he is passionate about teaching the next generation the skills they will need to successfully navigate a rapidly changing world. He loves science fiction literature and hopes that some of its more positive ideas will become a reality within his life time. He also blogs at http://lestweforgetourselves.wordpress.com. Check it out!

My Generation Will End AbortionNearly everyone I know has seen or heard the slogan, “my generation will end abortion.” I wish I could share its optimism, but I simply can’t. Especially not after what happened in Belgium yesterday, a country whose population is allegedly 75% Catholic.

Not only has my generation not ended legalized abortion, it has witnessed the dawn of a new era of legalized infanticide and filicide. By an overwhelming margin of 86 votes to 44, Belgium’s parliament just passed a bill allowing euthanasia for terminally ill children without any age limit. Belgium is certainly the first modern country to permit such an abomination, but I believe it will be far from the last.

Within the next decade, I fully expect similar child euthanasia legislation to be enacted in the United States. Then, the conversation will begin to change from killing sick children to killing unwanted children. Influential philosophers like Drs. Francesca Minerva and Alberto Giubilini are already laying the groundwork for it. Just take a look at the abstract of their 2012 paper, “After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?

Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus’ health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.

If you disagree with this abstract and are thinking bad thoughts about its authors, you are, according to Professor Julian Savulescu, director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, one of the “fanatics opposed to the very values of a liberal society.” You are, in a word, a terrorist. And this is not a fringe view anymore. This is what mainstream politicians, media persons, academics, celebrities, and policymakers think about you. The question is, what are you going to do about it?

Belgium Euthanasia

Here’s what I’m going to do. No matter what, I’m going to love these people, even when it seems impossible. And I’m going to continue to call out for them to repent, even when it seems hopeless. I’m going to debate their wrongheaded views calmly and compassionately until my last breath. Because the battle for peace and reconciliation, and the nonviolent struggle to free hearts and minds to experience the liberating grace of Jesus Christ, is always worth fighting.

The world is changing for the worse, so I will change for the better.

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  • Shawn

    Thank you so much for telling about this and for your beautiful response to it! Well done!

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