Dear Editor,

On several occasions, I have written letters concerning a professor in England who commented that it would be acceptable to terminate the life of an ill child up to age four. I believed that this was the beginning of a slippery slope. Well, according to syndicated columnist, Cal Thomas, the country of Belgium has reached that goal.*

The Belgium Senate has voted to extend a 2002 law legalizing euthanasia for adults so that it includes incurably ill children.*

Part of our president’s plan for the new health care law will allow an independent board to consider the value of an ailing individual, e.g. age, physical condition, value to society and cost of continuing care before allowing possible life-saving medical help to be administered. The family will have no say.

Is this what we want? Count me out!!

William J. Patsche

St. Clairsville

*paraphrased from Cal Thomas Column of Dec. 17, 2013