You might have a crazy aunt. She makes trouble at Thanksgiving, gives you a paltry $5 at Christmas, and still pinches your cheek. Stingy or not, she fights a brave battle against mental illness. But should they get their way, socialized healthcare might one day euthanize her (see OPINION: Charlie Gard: 0, Death Panels: 1 and Counting and Dutch Doctor Forcibly ‘Euthanized’ Elderly Patient. But it Gets Worse…).
Here’s the scoop: psychiatric patients with persistent mental health conditions are currently being euthanized in Belgium.
The Belgian branch of the Brothers of Charity, also called the Brothers of Love, issued a statement Tuesday that they will continue offering euthanasia in each of their 15 psychiatric hospitals, despite receiving orders from the Vatican to reverse their euthanasia policy by the end of August, according to Crux Now.
The Belgian branch’s current policy allows for doctors to euthanize non-terminal mentally ill patients upon request, so long as the doctor determines that the patient’s suffering is “unbearable” and that there is no reasonable chance of improvement with treatment. Belgian law has no definition of unbearable suffering, however, which opens the door for mentally ill patients with a chance of improvement being euthanized instead, according to Professor Raphael Cohen-Almagor, Chair of Politics at England’s Hull University.
Regardless of potential loopholes in Belgian law, the Catechism of the Catholic Church remains clearly, opposed to euthanasia as evidenced in paragraph 2277, which states:
“Whatever its motives and means, direct euthanasia consists in putting an end to the lives of handicapped, sick, or dying persons. It is morally unacceptable.”
Translation? Socialized healthcare is a slippery slope of death for sick babies and sick minds. If socialists like Bernie Sanders gets their way, your relative or friend struggling with mental illness could breathe their last courtesy of one bad day, a litany of bad laws, and a few willing doctors.
This is socialist compassion. It looks like death. The irony here is that leftists accuse anyone right of Bernie Sanders of being Nazis. Yet they’re the ones currently “purifying” the human race by eliminating Down syndrome through abortion and mental illness via euthanasia.
It all sounds rather Hitlery.