Saturday, 23 November 2013

Belgium’s meteoric rise to become euthanasia capital of the world

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It is widely acknowledged that euthanasia is out of control in Belgium: a 500% increase in cases in ten years; one third involuntary; half not reported; euthanasia for blindness, anorexia and botched sex change operations; organ transplant euthanasia; plans to extend euthanasia to children and people with dementia. 

One commentator has said that Belgium has 'leaped head-first off a moral cliff'.

Belgium's law, which came into effect in 2002, permits euthanasia for those in a ‘medically hopeless’ situation due to a serious and incurable condition caused by injury or illness, with physical and/or psychological suffering which is constant and unbearable, and cannot be mitigated.

But it is clear that in practice the boundaries are continually migrating and the nation's moral conscience is shifting year on year. Call it incremental extension, mission creep or slippery slope - whatever - it is strongly in evidence in Belgium.

Assisted suicide is treated the same as euthanasia when reported, despite its position in law being unclear.

Here is a series of articles, both on this blog and elsewhere, which chart the steps in Belgium’s meteoric rise to become euthanasia capital of the world. Much of this material has not been covered by the British media in spite of the fact that Belgium is one of our very closest European neighbours.

With the Falconer and MacDonald bills currently before the House of Lords and Scottish Parliament respectively Britain needs to take sober warning from events across the English Channel.

(National Post, 22 November 2013)

(National Post, 22 November 2013)

Belgium debates euthanising suffering children 
(Deutsche Welle, 22 November 2013)

(Alex Schadenberg, 21 November 2013)

(Wesley Smith, 21 November 2013)

(Tom Mortier, 20 November 2013)

(National Post, 31 October 2013)

(Peter Saunders, 15 August 2013)

(Peter Saunders, 17 June 2013)

(Peter Saunders, 6 April 2013)

(Peter Saunders, 16 March 2013)

(Alex Schadenberg, 2 March 2013)

(Peter Saunders, 28 January 2013)

(National Post, 14 January 2013)

(Peter Saunders, 10 December 2012)

Euthanasia in Belgium: Ten years on 
(European Institute of Bioethics, April 2012)

(Peter Saunders, 12 June 2011)

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