Death Panels Belgian Style

Out of my normal sphere of blogging but I find this chilling.

Two deaf twin brothers in Belgium were euthanized by their doctor after realizing they were going blind and would be unable to see each other ever again, their physician says.

The 45-year-old men, whose names have not been made public, were legally put to death by lethal injection at the Brussels University Hospital in Jette, on Dec. 14.

I tend to be somewhat on the side of those who favor allowing individuals to opt to end their lives. I get very nervous, however, when the state becomes a partner in the exercise. Note that the Belgians are considering extending the uses of euthanasia.

Belgian lawmakers are considering a law that would extend euthanasia to dementia patients and children, whose families and doctors consented.

Chilling indeed.

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