Pro-life groups have called Belgium's recent passage of a "right to die" law that allows terminally ill children the permission to end their own lives "abhorrent and inhumane," questioning how a civilized society would sanction such an option.
"No civilized society allows children to kill themselves. Far from a compassionate law, this law hands the equivalent of a loaded gun to a child with the astonishing belief that the child should be free to pull the trigger if he or she so chooses. Belgium's decision to allow this is grotesquely abhorrent and inhumane," said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Roger Kiska in a statement. The Belgian Chamber of Deputies voted 86–44 on Thursday in favor of the controversial law.
ADF added that it had sent the Belgian Parliament a legal analysis that said the proposed law operated under the premise that life is not worth living and children are somehow mature enough to make such a decision on their own. The group added that the newly passed law "exploits vulnerable children by handing to them a 'freedom' that they are completely ill-equipped to bear." more >>
Princes Charles, William, and Harry teamed up for a recent appearance and meeting with world leaders to brief them on the dangers of illegal poaching. However, the meeting was put under exceptional scrutiny given that Prince William was photographed on a boar hunt beforehand.
"Today, if I may say so, you are breaking new ground by coming together and committing – at high levels never before seen at a conference on this topic – to take urgent action to put a stop to this trade, which has become a grave threat not only to the wildlife and the people who protect them, but also to the security of nations," Prince Charles said to those gathered at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference at Lancaster House.
Yet those in attendance were a bit skeptical of Prince Charles' son's intentions, given that William had been photographed hunting boar with his ex-girlfriend. One such critic of William's hunting adventure was performer Morrissey, who posted a scathing opine about his actions. more >>
Belgium may become the first country to legalize euthanasia for youth, regardless of age, during a ground-breaking vote tomorrow. The legislation seems to have support from most of the country but is of course a controversial topic that many are afraid will take lives of innocent children.
Right now, anyone under the age of 18 in Belgium must either let nature take its course or wait until he or she turns 18 and then ask to be euthanized. It's a big decision for families to make, but doctors say that they often hear requests from youth who are diagnosed with terminal cancer or are in immense pain. In the Netherlands, children between 12 and 15 may be euthanized with their parents' permission; children 16 and 17 must tell their parents of their intentions beforehand.
"We are talking about children that are really at the end of their life," Dr. Gerland van Berlaer, a pediatrician in Brussels, told the Associated Press. "It's not that they have months or years to go. Their life will end anyway. The question they ask us is: 'Don't make me go in a terrible, horrifying way, let me go now while I am still a human being and while I still have my dignity." more >>
A coffee shop modeled after Starbucks but with the word "Dumb" in front of it was shut down Monday by the health inspector just days after opening.
"Dumb Starbucks Coffee" was a publicity stunt that offered free coffee while taking a jab at the multi-million dollar Seattle-based coffee company. While it seems like an infringement of rights, the comedian behind "Dumb Starbucks insisted it was a "work of parody art," and therefore protected from lawsuits under free speech. However, before the real Starbucks could call their lawyers, Los Angeles County health inspectors shut down "Dumb Starbucks" four days after opening for operating without a valid permit.
The fake coffee shop opened in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles and featured an uncanny sign featuring Starbucks' famous logo- but the sign included "Dumb" on it. more >>
Parents of an unborn child with two faces and two brains are battling against the medical organization that wants them to abort the fetus. But Renee Young and Simon Howie, of Australia, say that they will do everything in their power to keep their child, no matter the odds.
"It'd be the same as being a child with autism or Down syndrome," Howie told "A Current Affair." "I don't believe in terminating the baby if it's healthy and growing fine, and everything is going to plan. Renee was the same."
Three-dimensional sonograms show that the child has two legs, two arms, one body and all vital organs, including a strong heart. Yet the child also has two faces with the same features, and two brains connected with one brain stem. Doctors have urged the couple to abort the child, but by the time the abnormality was discovered, it was too late for a traditional abortion. more >>
Erick Muñoz, husband of the pregnant Texas woman who was recently taken off life support, said in a recent interview that he wishes ultimately God had taken his life instead of his wife's.
Muñoz has been embroiled in a weeks-long legal battle over his wife after a Texas hospital refused to take her off life support due to her pregnancy, even though Muñoz argued his wife had verbally communicated that she would want to be taken off life support if ever such an event took place.
"Many a night, I asked God to take me instead," Muñoz told CNN's "AC360" on Wednesday in his first national television interview since winning a court ruling to have his wife, Marlise Muñoz, disconnected from life support. "But you can't turn off that knowledge, that you know how bad it was. … And I promised her, I told her I will honor her wishes." more >>