As Belgium is about to pass child euthanasia into law, Delight in Truth will offer a quick review of such practice in light of medical standards and Scripture.
Pediatric euthanasia is the practice of medically assisting in the suicide of a usually terminally ill or hopeless child. In cases where the child is an infant or a toddler, the euthanasia is no longer an assisted suicide, but a “mercy” killing by a medical professional or the parents.
Pediatric euthanasia is legal only in the Netherlands under the following requirements:
- The presence of hopeless and unbearable suffering
- The consent of the parents to termination of life
- Medical consultation having taken place
- Careful execution of the termination
We must specify that euthanasia is NOT what we think about when we consider letting a loved one pass away as they succumb to disease. I do not endorse aggressive medical interventions in someone who is at the end of the road. Euthanasia instead is a volitional act of terminating someone’s life prematurely, in this case a child who may not even give their CONSENT to be euthanized.
That is outside of standard medical practice, common sense, and Christian faith.
We have come a long way in alleviating suffering using medications, nerve blocks, nerve and ganglion ablations, epidural and intrathecal medications and many other techniques. Depression and psychologic hopelessness can also be treated using a variety of interventions.
But to terminate children based on the reasons above!?
That is abominable.
In his sermon in Acts 3, Peter makes a pro-life statement in accusing the Jews of killing Jesus: “you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead.” The Bible clearly states that God is the the Author of Life, the same author who raised Jesus from the dead. He alone has power and rights over anyone’s life.
Euthanasia is a satanic act because it accomplishes the purpose of Satan which is stated by Jesus in John 8:44 “[Satan] was a murderer from the beginning and has nothing to do with the truth”
On the other hand, Jesus came to give live, He came to regenerate, He came to bring hope and He came to save.
The Holy Spirit is the “Spirit of Life” who along with the “Author of Life” and “the Way, the Truth and the Life” form a Holy Trinity of Life.
To allow a child to expire is natural, but to euthanize a child is an act of rebellion against the Author of Life.