Wednesday, February 19, 2014


Belgium passes legislation permitting euthanasia for children.

Better late than never, I suppose.

Naturally, not everyone agrees with the new law. [Religious] proscription against infanticide was adaptive when the most common reason for infanticide would have been to allay starvation or just to save a few quid here and there. To stave off coercion by circumstance, if you will. The secular West no longer labors under these same threats, so residual cases of suffering under the conditions of terminal disease are now the salient margin.

Old institutions die hard. But they do die. The kind thing to do is to ease them into the afterlife with a gentle nudge. Well done, Belgium. Well done.

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