Cdn girl, 4, wants Belgian king to stop euthanasia bill

Jessica Saba. (CNW Group/Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice/HO)

Jessica Saba. (CNW Group/Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice/HO)

Dave Kaufman, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:27 PM ET

MONTREAL -- It isn't every day that a four-year-old girl stands up to royalty, but Jessica Saba from the Montreal suburb of Lachine is hoping that King Philippe of Belgium will hear her plea and block the country from enacting a law permitting child euthanasia.

In a video released on YouTube on Sunday, Saba pleads with the monarch.

"For the sake of the children," she says. "Please do not sign the euthanasia bill."

Saba was born with a congenital heart condition and the Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice claims that if she had been born in a country where pediatric euthanasia is permitted, she might have been a candidate for euthanasia. In a press release issued Sunday, CPSJ says Saba would have survived for only a few hours or days without a series of cardiac interventions which were performed at Montreal's Children's Hospital.

Quebec is presently trying to pass Bill 52, a law allowing euthanasia, and the CPSJ says Quebec Human Rights Commission recommends extending the practice to children.

Marissa Saba, Jessica's mother, expressed concern that child euthanasia legislation could encourage parents to "give up too early" on their children.

 


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