Euthanasia: we can live without it
New study uncovers more than it probably meant to...
On that basis of eliminating suffering then, not only should Dr van Hoey be exonerated of any charge in respect to the death of Simona de Moor, he should, like his colleague Dr Wim Distelmans, receive a humanitarian award.
Although he is calm - almost matter of fact - about wanting to end his life deliberately, he acknowledges the effect this will have on the people around him.
Belgian MP calls for a review of the euthanasia law
On December 13, the government announced that it was initiating studies onto 'requests by mature minors, advance requests, and requests where mental illness is the sole underlying medical condition.'
"There is no evidence base to operationalize 'unbearable suffering,' there are no prospective studies of decision-making capacity in persons seeking EAS for psychiatric reasons, and the prognosis of patients labeled as 'treatment-resistant depression' varies considerably."
The call, yesterday for a parliamentary review needs to be heeded lest the notional and implied negligence of Distelmans’ committee extend ipso facto to the Belgian government.
a posteriori judgement of the facts has a fatal flaw: the main witness is deceased!
The absence of the possibility of objectivity is like a compass whose hand has no benchmark and can go any direction.
"A morally sane country would strip Distelmans of his license to practice medicine and prosecute him for murder."
A mentally-ill Belgian woman sought euthanasia to escape her problems. The doctors told her, sure, why not?
'a fundamental inversion of our mission and duty as psychiatrist'
Belgian specialists expose euthanasia fo psychiatric reasons
"In psychiatry, an essential limitation disappeared when the existence of a treatment relationship was no longer required."
While it is possible that a person with a psychiatric illness could make a so-called 'rational' decision to be made dead, it is entirely irrational that a medical professional should agree.