Pages tagged "Belgium"
Euthanasia of babies with disability
Jun 23, 2014
By Alex SchadenbergExecutive Director - Euthanasia Prevention CoalitionCBC news reported that a Czech government advisor was forced to resign because he is promoting euthanasia for babies with disabilities. Continue reading
More on Belgium Deacon and illegal euthanasia deaths - Distelmans feeling the heat.
Jun 06, 2014
News reports today say that Poppe has confessed to in the Sacred Heart Hospital in Menen from the 1980s up to 2011. Up until 2002 Poppe was a nurse at the hospital and,thereafter worked in a part time capacity as a pastoral assistant.killing up to 50 people Continue reading
Belgian euthanasia deaths increase by 26.8% in 2013.
May 29, 2014
"how it is possible for euthanasia to be performed on physically healthy people" "There are problems with the Belgian euthanasia law.""That is cold comfort for the dead." Continue reading
A tone deaf return to Auschwitz
May 28, 2014
also chaired the Belgium Control and Evaluation Commission since euthanasia was legalized in Belgium in 2000 (a commission unique in its inglorious record of never having investigated a single death), is organizing an instructional tour about euthanasia for health care professionals to take place in â�¦ Auschwitz. Continue reading
Lifting the veil: what really happens in Belgium's healthcare system with euthanasia - a nurse's story
May 27, 2014
Following this euthanasia death, I asked for explanations from my superiors in the multi-disciplinary team meeting. In a chorus, the psychologist, the head of service, the nurse director and the cancer specialists explained to me how this death was 'gentle, peaceful and painless' 'a dignified end of life' ('a fitting end') in summary. In a patronising tone, they reminded me that 'in respect of caring, we must be compassionate' that 'the prognosis of Mr R was imminent death' and that 'he would certainly have suffered terribly'. The aplomb of their speeches, the logic, appearing implacable and reasonable, reduced the care team to silence.1. Her cognitive losses. One day she asked me, 'but in reality have [agreed to] euthanize me or not?', like it was an ordinary treatment. She did not seem to remember what it meant. But for the doctors, it was a good thing, she had finally uttered the word 'euthanasia'! This was the first time in years, she had spoken about it spontaneously. To revive a request, the challenge was for her to say 'I want euthanasia' without seeming to propose it to her, as in law, the request must be voluntary and repeated.2. The fuzzy nature of her suffering (no pain or refractory symptoms to be treated). Physically she has no pain and is in remission from cancer. So no incurable disease, death is not imminent. The only solution was to find how her mental suffering was unbearable. When caregivers would sit beside her to talk, she smiled again and asked that we stay close to her. For weeks, she no longer asks for euthanasia. However, when she felt lonely, she'd speak of it again in a pretty vague way.3. The worrying influence of her entourage. The entourage, consisting of friends and some family due to conflict, seemed totally unprepared. They kept harassing caregivers demanding euthanasia for this lady. The Care team felt uncomfortable because they understand that despite the request of the patient there is another reality: that of feeling abandoned because of a lack of solidarity. Her companions were undoubtedly sincere, seeking [her] well-being. But their kindness was devoid of empathy, the perspective necessary for real solidarity. The whole time she was in hospital, the asked for a toothbrush. Instead of a toothbrush, they bring her what they believe to be good according to them: wine, cakes, but never meeting the lady's request. Continue reading
South Australian MP raises motion condemning the practice of child euthanasia
May 25, 2014
The South Australian Parliament has seen a procession of euthanasia bills in recent years, including the most recent one that MP Bob Such admitted to LifeSiteNews had no chance of passing. House member, Nick Goiran MLC, in April. Continue reading
Study tour of Auschwitz outrages Jewish organisation
May 25, 2014
"Firstly, this is not a symposium about euthanasia. It's a study trip focusing on human rights, suffering and palliative care. We will mention euthanasia but that's not the main goal of the trip. The participants are all professionals working in palliative care. They work every day with patients who suffer pain and death. Our main goal is to visit the death camp where all these atrocities took place. "Secondly, many of the participants don't even support euthanasia. Several of them belong to the Catholic University of Louvain. The main speaker is a renowned researcher in her 80s who was detained in a Japanese concentration camp during the war â�¦ It's obvious there's no link between euthanasia in Belgium and what happened in Auschwitz. The Nazis used the term 'euthanasia' wrongfully." Continue reading
Belgian students raise protest against child euthanasia in general election
May 23, 2014
An anonymous group of what is understood to be mainly Belgian students have rallied against their country's child euthanasia laws by taking political action in the current Federal Election. Some members of parliament have claimed that the defacing of candidates' election posters with a sticker saying: "He / she voted for the euthanasia of children" and the attendant 'thumbs down' is vandalism. Other more circumspect MPs have simply called it free speech. Continue reading
Euthanasia practitioner tours Auschwitz - why?
May 15, 2014
Linking the right to die and the Nazis is a no-no in most circles. In fact, opponents are usually deemed to have lost the argument as soon as they mention the word "Nazi". But Dr Distelmans's breath-taking initiative could change that rule. To hold a seminar on euthanasia in an extermination camp where the idea of 'lives not worth living' took its most extreme form, is peculiar, to say the least. Dr Distelmans has also chaired the Belgium Euthanasia Control and Evaluation Commission since euthanasia was legalised in 2000 - a commission which has never investigated a single death."Belgium is the only country in the world with a law that is concerned about a dignified end-of-life for everyone because of the patients rights law, the law on palliative care and the euthanasia law. In our country there is - unlike other countries of continental Europe - already 25 years of excellent professional palliative care and for more than 10 years we also have experience with transparent euthanasia requests and respect for patient rights. Continue reading
Another complaint against euthanasia 'pioneer' in Belgium
Apr 25, 2014
Mortier along with Dr Georges Casteur, allege that Distelmans did not have the expertise to evaluate whether Godelieva De Troyer, was ready for voluntary euthanasia. Distelmans is an oncologist, not a psychiatrist and was not even De Troyer's doctor beforehand. She was physically healthy and not suffering from physical pain, and had spoken with psychiatrists who thought that her emotional distress was at least treatable. In fact, she was taking medication at the time, which can cause suicidal ideation - so clearly a treatment plan was in place and it may have been causing serious side-effects. Distelmans, it seems, did not take that into account. Continue reading