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Belgian Doctors Are Now Euthanizing Patients Without Their Consent

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“Trust us we’re doctors…”

A high proportion of deaths classed as euthanasia in Belgium involved patients who did not ask for their lives to be ended, a study found. [4] A study published this month in the Journal of Medical Ethics examined the “deliberate” euthanasia of patients in Belgium without their explicit, voluntary consent as required by law.  The study’s author, Raphael Cohen-Almagor, a professor of philosophy and ethics at the United Kingdom’s Hull University, found that life-ending drugs were used “with the intention to shorten life and without explicit request” in 1.7 percent of all deaths in Belgium in 2013.  In 52.7 percent of these cases, the patients were 80 years of age or older. The decision to euthanize was not discussed with the patient in 77.9 percent of the cases because he/she was comatose, had dementia, or “because discussion would have been harmful to the patient’s best interest,” according to the study. [1]  More than 100 nurses admitted to researchers that they had taken part in ‘terminations without request or consent’. [4]  The researchers found that a fifth of nurses admitted being involved in the assisted suicide of a patient. But nearly half of these  –  120 of 248  –  also said there was no consent. [4] The report also pointed out that many Belgian doctors today do not feel it necessary to discuss a decision to euthanise with a patient’s family as it is a medical decision for them alone to reach. [16] The disturbing revelation  –  which shows that nurses regularly go well beyond their legal role  –  raises fears that were assisted suicides allowed in other countries as well, they could never be properly regulated. [4] Although euthanasia is legal in Belgium, it is governed by strict rules which state it should be carried out only by a doctor and with the patient’s permission. [4] Belgium passed the Euthanasia Act in 2002, which states that only voluntary euthanasia is legally permissible.  “At the heart of this legislation is the free will of the patient who asks for euthanasia,” Cohen-Almagor noted. “It is worrying that some physicians take upon themselves the responsibility to deliberately shorten patients’ lives without a clear indication from the patients that this is what they would want.” [1]  According to the law, the patient must request euthanasia, and such a request must be “voluntary, well-considered, and repeated and…not the result of any external pressure.”  [1] The patient must also be “an adult or an emancipated minor, capable and conscious at the time of his/her request.” [1]   Belgian authorities don’t even count terminal sedation as euthanasia. Often the death blow is delivered by a nurse rather than a doctor. Don’t worry; for now they mostly only do it to older folks. It’s hard to imagine what would be more harmful to a patient’s best interest than his hospital being run by progressives, who do not see people as individuals and consequently have a history of undervaluing their lives, even to the point of killing them by the millions. [15]

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Socialized medicine: It may kill you, but at least it’s free. Unless you pay taxes – then it just kills you.

Although annual euthanasia cases are steadily multiplying in Belgium, growing from 235 in 2003 to 1,807 in 2013, Cohen-Almagor noted that instances of euthanasia without explicit consent from the patient have actually decreased since 1996, when they accounted for 3.3 percent of all deaths.

He gives three possible explanations:

  1. Gained experience in practicing euthanasia might allow more physicians to involve the patient in the decision-making process;
  2. Physicians often use methods such as terminal sedation, which is not reported as euthanasia; and
  3. Physicians might not be “well acquainted with the labelling of all the medical practices at the end of life.”
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The socialist health care’s dream come true

In 2014, Belgium became the first nation in the world to eliminate age limits for euthanasia, allowing terminally-ill children to end their lives. [2] The Belgian Society of Intensive Care Medicine Council released a paper in 2014 discussing the use of sedatives “with the direct intention of shortening the dying process of terminal palliative care in patients with no prospect of a meaningful recovery.”  [3] This document, which applies to both children and adults, holds that “suffering should be avoided at all times,” adding that the process of withdrawing treatment and increasing the doses of “sedative/opioids” to fatal levels in patients in intensive care “must not be interpreted as killing.”   “Shortening the dying process by administering sedatives beyond what is needed for patient comfort can be not only acceptable but in many cases desirable,” the council document stated.  Although end-of-life decisions should be discussed with the patient’s relatives, the statement noted that the final decision is “made by the care team and not by the relatives.”   A 2010 research study conducted in Flanders revealed that only one out of every two euthanasia cases was reported to Belgium’s Federal Control and Evaluation Committee because most non-reporting physicians did not view the active hastening of their patients’ deaths as euthanasia.  [4] Unreported cases were also generally handled less carefully than reported cases and “the lethal drugs were often administered by a nurse alone, not by a physician,” the study noted.  “Whether deliberately or not, the physicians were disguising the end-of-life decision as a normal medical practice,” Cohen-Almagor pointed out. [4] The more laws there are, the more lawless the authorities become (as Charles Murray explains well in By the People). Technical proscriptions will not stop ever-expanding government from deciding who lives and who dies. When healthcare is centrally run by faceless bureaucrats in distant capitals, people inevitably become statistics. Their lives become expendable. [15]

The same phenomenon has been observed in the Netherlands too. A 1973 court decision in the Netherlands started the process. Doctors and lawyers set strict guidelines to restrict when doctors could assist a terminally ill patient who wanted to commit suicide, and to protect a terminally ill patient who didn’t want to be euthanized (i.e., killed). “In only 23 years, Dutch doctors have gone from being permitted to kill the terminally ill who ask for it, to killing the chronically ill who ask for it, to killing newborn babies in their cribs because they have birth defects, even though by definition they cannot ask for it. Dutch doctors also engage in involuntary euthanasia without significant legal consequence, even though such activity is officially prohibited,” writes Wesley J. Smith in Forced Exit: The Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder. [7] In 1990, 130,000 people died in the Netherlands: 2,300 people asked doctors to kill them; 400 asked doctors to provide them with the means to kill themselves; 8,100 died when doctors deliberately gave them an overdose of pain medication to kill them (for which 4,941 patients didn’t consent); 1,040 people died when doctors euthanized them without their knowledge or consent (72 per cent of those never having given any indication they would want their lives terminated). [7]

In Britain, one of the country’s leading experts on medical ethics calls for doctors to be able to end the lives of some terminally ill patients “swiftly, humanely and without guilt” – even if they have not given consent. [6] Len Doyal, emeritus professor of medical ethics at Queen Mary, University of London, argues that doctors are already effectively practicing euthanasia on patients who have no consciousness beyond the capacity to suffer pain and says this should extend to those patients who can no longer speak for themselves. [6] The mercy killing of autistic children has already begun in the UK, by the way. As the Daily Mail reports: “Desperate mother and godmother ‘killed severely autistic boy, 14, by stabbing him multiple times in the chest’ when they became overwhelmed caring for him 24/7 after demanding he be removed from the hospital and in put in their care.” Not surprisingly, this “mercy killing” bill was introduced by the socialist party, since socialists tend to hate humanity no matter what country they live in. The proposed legislation calls for, “the law to be extended to minors if they are capable of discernment or affected by an incurable illness or suffering that we cannot alleviate,” reports AFP. [19]

The age of mass murder by government is upon us. It won’t be long before such laws spread to other nations and are expanded to people with “mental health problems” or even cancer. While in theory the idea of euthanasia may have merit in a strictly limited scope, the truth is that governments are now jumping on the euthanasia bandwagon to provide attempted legal justification for the mass murder of children and senior citizens whom they no longer wish to support with health care expenditures. Save the government from bankruptcy! Have grandma euthanized! [17]

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[1]  Abigail Wilkinson, Belgian Doctors Are Euthanizing Patients Without Their Consent, CNSNews, June 19, 2015
[2] Belgium extends euthanasia law to children, EuroNews, 13/02/14 21:45 CET
[3] Piece” of mind: End of life in the intensive care unit Statement of the Belgian Society of Intensive Care Medicine, Journal of Critical Care, February 2014, Volume 29, Issue 1, Pages 174–175
[5] Simon Caldwell, Warning to Britain as almost half of Belgium’s euthanasia nurses admit to killing without consent, Daily Mail, 06:48 GMT, 10 June 2010
[6] Sarah Boseley, Call for no-consent euthanasia, The Guardian, Thursday 8 June 2006 00.11 BST
[7] Steven Ertelt, Thousands in Netherlands Die Without Consent Since Euthanasia OK, Life News, Jul 4, 2012   |   4:11PM
[8] Michael Cook, Euthanasia without consent continues in Belgium, AlexSchanderberg, Friday, June 5, 2015
[10]  Courtney Crandell, From end-of-life counseling to euthanasia without consent, World Mag, June 19, 2015, 04:17 p.m.
[14] Half of euthanasia deaths in Belgium done without consent, Canwest News Service, June 10, 2010
[15] Dave Blount, Patients Euthanized Without Consent in Belgium, Right Wing News, June 19 2015
[16] Euthanasia without consent increasing in Belgium, IONA Institute, 12 June 2015
[17] Sarah Boseley, Call for euthanasia without consent in UK, The Irish Times, Fri, Jun 9, 2006, 01:00
[18] Euthanasia without consent in the Netherlands, All About Life, September 26, 2011
[19] Belgium to Legalize Euthanasia of Children Without Parental Consent, The Sleuth Journal, June 14, 2013
[20] Belgium’s parliament votes through child euthanasia, BBC, 13 February 2014
[21] Patients Euthanized Without Consent in Belgium, Before it’s News, Friday, June 19, 2015 10:09
[23] Belgian Doctors Euthanize Patients Without Their Consent, Sputnik News, 00:43 20.06.2015
[24] Winston Ross, Dying Dutch: Euthanasia Spreads Across Europe, Newsweek, February 12, 2015 7:46 AM EST
[25] Simon Caldwell, Belgian nurses admit killing without consent, Catholic Herald, Friday, 18 Jun 2010
[26] Belgian patients are being killed without their consent, Christian.org.uk, Thu, 10 Jun 2010
[27] Simon Caldwell, Warning to Britain as almost half of Belgium’s euthanasia nurses admit to killing without consent, Daily Mail, 06:48 GMT, 10 June 2010
[28] People ‘being killed for their organs’?, Baptist Press, Wednesday, June 09, 2010

 

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