The open letter from medical professionals critical of the application of the Belgian law on euthanasia to people suffering psychologically has re-ignited debate on the safety and practice of the 2002 law.
Following the letter, Christian Democrat MP Els Van Hoof has raised significant further questions in the Belgian journal Knack. Van Hoof is severely critical of the development of the Belgian law and the amendment to include children in 2013 when, at no time over the more than a dozen years of operation has the law been formally reviewed.
“Since 2013 I follow as an MEP intensive debates on euthanasia. At stake in these debates was always the expansion of the existing Euthanasia Act of 2002, which allows euthanasia for adults. I then repeatedly asked the commission why should we decide to expand if an assessment had not been made of the existing law on euthanasia. For it was clear that the law showed serious gaps, particularly with regard to the ‘safety valves’ that are built to prevent abuses.”
Van Hoof says that her repeated requests in parliament for a review were blocked by an opposing majority on every occasion. She acknowledges that she is not arguing for the repeal of the law, but to improve it. Refusing a timely opportunity for review at the moment of a grave debate on child euthanasia would seem negligent. More.
Reality check: Well, yes, child euthanasia. Abortion doesn’t get all the ones that aren’t wanted and none that only later realize they aren’t. The progressive pieties of the linked CBC article are sickening:
Some paediatricians have warned vulnerable children could be put at risk and have questioned whether a child can really be expected to make such a difficult choice.
As if anyone believes that only really, really serious cases would be considered, when the evidence is 100% the other way.
Question: Could girls consent to euthanasia to avoid honour killing? Whether progressivism or Islam wins in the Western world, it will be untimely death for many.
See also: Belgian doctors now lament death as “therapy.” Now that it’s too late to turn back.