Target: Dr. Marc van Hoey, President of the Right to Die Association Flanders
Goal: Support Belgium’s new law giving children with terminal illnesses the right to ask for euthanasia
Many protesters argue that children do not possess an understanding of the finality of euthanasia. However, children with terminal illnesses who spend a vast amount of time in the hospital will no doubt be affected by the experience. Being in the hospital day after day, surrounded by other ill and dying people and seeing other patients succumb to terminal illnesses, forces them to realize what lies ahead for them. It causes them to mature too quickly.
Belgium’s new Right to Die law is specific enough so that it only applies to teenage girls and boys who are in insufferable pain from advanced stages of cancer other terminal illnesses. In these situations of unbearable pain and agony, euthanasia is the kindest and most caring option.
Although this new law abolishes age restrictions on who can ask for euthanasia, it is seen as a last resort. Euthanasia will give children the choice to leave all of their pain and suffering behind, but if there is still another viable medical treatment they will not be allowed to ask for euthanasia. Additionally, the discernment clause prevents the new law from applying to young children. This Right to Die law is the most merciful thing to do. Please sign and show your support.
Dear Dr. Marc van Hoey,
I understand that you are in favor of Belgium’s new Right to Die law. I must say that I also agree with the decision to abolish age restrictions on who may ask for euthanasia. Many people, including children, suffer unbearable pain due to advanced stages of cancer or other terminal illnesses, and euthanasia gives them the choice between dying in agony and dying more peacefully.
Terminal illnesses mainly affect the patients, but they also have an effect on the people around them as well. I believe that this law not only frees the child from the pain caused by their illness, it also offers their friends and family closure. It assures them that the child they love isn’t in pain anymore.
I would like to thank you for recognizing that although the idea of euthanasia is frightening to some people, the interests and concerns of the children suffering from terminal illnesses are always more important.
[Your Name Here]
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