Euthanasia guidelines are worse than meaningless, they are pretense. They exist to give the illusion of control. But once people come to fully accept the premise of euthanasia — killing as a remedy for suffering — it’s Katy bar the door. (That hasn’t happened yet in the USA. But if assisted suicide gets a firm grip here, it will.)
Latest example, Belgium is getting set to legalize euthanasia for children — since it is being done anyway despite the “guidelines.” From the AFP story:
Belgian legislators opened a debate today on whether to amend a decade-old law on euthanasia to cover minors, being told by experts that it was already taking place in practice without any set guidelines. Currently, the law applies to those over 18 but one expert told the upper house of parliament that it was clear that euthanasia was being carried out on younger people, the Belga news agency reported. “We all know it,” said Dominique Biarent, head of intensive care at Queen Fabiola Children’s University Hospital in Brussels. Faced with this reality, “doctors need a legal framework,” Biarent was quoted as saying by Belga.
How about just saying no and enforcing the law? Can’t do that? Well then, let’s legalize bank robbery.
If any media report ever again talks about “strict guidelines” — which aren’t strict and are ignored anyway — I’ll scream. Well, scream more than I already do, would be more accurate. But you get the point.