Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
Alliance Defending Freedom: Godelieva De Troyer is dead now. The man who killed her says she wanted it that way.
Life News: “No one should support any doctor who thinks the right prescription for depression is death,” said ADF International Legal Counsel Robert Clarke. “We are pleased that Tom will be able to pursue justice in the Belgian court. We trust the court will take his case seriously and that the case will be properly managed and progressed quickly so that justice will be done.”
The New Yorker: In Belgium and in the Netherlands, where patients can be euthanized even if they do not have a terminal illness, the laws seem to have permeated the medical establishment more deeply than elsewhere, perhaps because of the central role granted to doctors: in the majority of cases, it is the doctor, not the patient, who commits the final act.
DeMorgen (Translated via Google): In an extensive article examines the American magazine The New Yorker euthanasia in non-terminally ill people. Three Belgian families are central. They complain about too little involvement and quick decisions.
Life News: I have written several times about how De Troyer’s son,Tom Mortier, who has been indefatigable trying to bring attention to the profound injustice of Belgium euthanasia. (Imagine receiving a telephone call from a hospital telling him to pick up your just-euthanized mother’s remains. He has even brought a lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights.
ADF Media: The case against a doctor who killed a woman for being depressed and then didn’t have anyone inform her son until the next day is headed back to a Belgian criminal court.
National Right to Life: A leading academic has published a stinging critique of how Belgium administers its euthanasia law. Writing in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Rafael Cohen-Almagor, an Israeli professor of politics at the University of Hull, says that Belgians should be alarmed by the deliberate shortening of lives of some patients without their explicit voluntary request.
Rome Reports (Translated via Google): “He asked permission to his family doctor, whom he knew for 20 years. The doctor told him that his request came too soon. It also asked a psychiatrist who dismissed his petition.” -Roger Kiska, ADF International
Yahoo News (AP): Almost one in 20 people in northern Belgium died using euthanasia in 2013, more than doubling the numbers in six years, a study released Tuesday showed.
La Ley (translated via Google): In the document submitted with the support of the NGO Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), it argues that the controversial regulation of euthanasia has allowed “prime the personal autonomy of those who have a desire to die on the constitutional responsibility of the State to ensure.
wPolityce (translated via Google): From the last correspondence we know that the Court began deliberations on this matter, which, we hope, is an indication that it has been treated as a priority because of the serious problems which raises. – Said one of the lawyers Mortier, Robert Clarke of the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom organization.
Alliance Defending Freedom: In a recent unanimous decision, the Canadian Supreme Court overturned a longstanding ban on doctor-aided death. The Court found that the ban violates a person’s right to life, liberty, and security of person under the Canadian Charter of Rights, if that person has an incurable condition that causes “enduring and intolerable suffering.”
National Review: The second case is Tom Mortier v. Belgium. The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed an application with the ECHR on Tom Mortier’s behalf challenging the Belgian law that permits doctors to euthanize patients who are “in a medically futile condition of constant and unbearable physical or mental suffering that cannot be alleviated resulting from a serious and incurable disorder caused by illness or accident.”
Belgium should change the law on euthanasia to protect innocent people – says lawyer Tom Mortier, Belgian, who challenged his country to the European Court of Human Rights.
Polskie Radio (Translated via Google): Its aim is to force the Belgian authorities to change the rules on euthanasia adopted in 2002. – Belgium needs to tighten up procedures to protect innocent people – Kiska says.
7sur7: La requête auprès de la CEDH a été introduite par Roger Kiska, de l’Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), un mouvement conservateur de défense “des valeurs familiales traditionnelles”, basé à Vienne, a précisé Me Samuel Vinck, l’avocat de Tom Mortier.
Life Site News: For a contrast to Eva’s story, Thompson reported on cases challenging euthanasia law, such as that of Tom Mortier’s mother, Liefe. Mortier, represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, argued doctors should have consulted him before ending the life of his mother – who was depressed.
The Telegraph: Tom Mortier never paid much attention to the discussion about voluntary death in his country. “I was like just about anyone else here in Belgium: I didn’t care at all,” he said. “If people want to die, it’s probably their choice. It didn’t concern me.”
The Telegraph: A Belgian man is going to the European Court of Human Rights after his depressed mother was killed by lethal injection under the country’s liberal euthanasia laws.
The Christian Institute: Scientists have used adult stem cells to make a breakthrough in understanding dementia which could lead to developing drugs to treat the condition.
PBS: Belgium has the world’s most liberal law on physician-assisted suicide, which is not just for the terminally ill. Patients with psychiatric conditions – and now, even children – can request euthanasia. Surveys in Belgium show overwhelming public support, and many doctors say it gives patients with constant and unbearable suffering a practical and humane way to die peacefully. But even in a country with a far-reaching acceptance, controversy still exists. NewsHour’s Megan Thompson reports.
Religion News Service: A Belgian bishop who has been touted as a future leader of that country’s Catholic hierarchy is making waves by urging the church to find ways to recognize same-sex relationships in which “exclusivity, loyalty, and care are central to each other.”
BBC News: A murderer serving a life sentence in a Belgian jail, who asked to be allowed to die by lethal injection, was told in September that his wish would be granted. This week the Justice Ministry reversed that decision.
Life News: The complaint, filed by Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit Christian organization based in the U.S., argues that Belgium’s law has gone too far. It contends “the balance has shifted unacceptably in favor of personal autonomy at the expense of the important public interest and a state’s obligation under Article 2 [the right to life].”
The Daily Signal: The complaint, filed by Alliance Defending Freedom, a nonprofit Christian organization based in the U.S., argues that Belgium’s law has gone too far. It contends “the balance has shifted unacceptably in favor of personal autonomy at the expense of the important public interest and a state’s obligation under Article 2 [the right to life].”
Alliance Defending Freedom: As young children, my sister and I often imagined we were “doctors.” Doctors save lives, and we loved taking turns “rescuing” the other from a certain death. To us, doctors were heroes, healers, and protectors of life.
Christian News Journal: It wasn’t until last week, though, that Mortier and Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights over his mother’s death.
The Global Dispatch: Last week Mortier and Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights over his mother’s death. “She suffered from a mental illness that is not only treatable, but on her own account was caused at least in part by feeling distant from her children,” ADF’s Robert Clarke said.
The Christian Post: “No civilized society allows children to kill themselves. Far from a compassionate law, this law hands the equivalent of a loaded gun to a child with the astonishing belief that the child should be free to pull the trigger if he or she so chooses. Belgium’s decision to allow this is grotesquely abhorrent and inhumane,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Roger Kiska in a statement at the time.
Huffington Post (Reuters): A Belgian murderer and rapist serving a life sentence is to be allowed to have doctors end his life following a ground-breaking ruling under laws in Belgium permitting people to request euthanasia.
The Christian Institute: Robert Clarke, a lawyer for ADF, said: “The government has an obligation to protect life, not assist in promoting death”.
Catholic News Agency: “People suffering from depression need compassion and love, not a prescription for death,” Roger Kiska, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, said Sept. 3.
National Right to Life: “The government has an obligation to protect life, not assist in promoting death,” said a lawyer working on the case, Robert Clarke, of the Alliance for Defending Freedom. “A person can claim that she should be able to do whatever she pleases, but that does not override the government’s responsibility to protect the weak and vulnerable. We are encouraging the European Court to uphold this principle, which is completely consistent with the European Convention on Human Rights.”
Life News: The invaluable Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a complaint against the brutal Belgian euthanasia law as violating human rights.
National Right to Life: “The government has an obligation to protect life, not assist in promoting death,” said ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Robert Clarke. “A person can claim that she should be able to do whatever she pleases, but that does not override the government’s responsibility to protect the weak and vulnerable. We are encouraging the European Court to uphold this principle, which is completely consistent with the European Convention on Human Rights.”
One News Now: “The government has an obligation to protect life, not assist in promoting death,” says Clarke, who was talking to OneNewsNow from Vienna.
Life News: “The government has an obligation to protect life, not assist in promoting death,” said ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Robert Clarke. “A person can claim that she should be able to do whatever she pleases, but that does not override the government’s responsibility to protect the weak and vulnerable. We are encouraging the European Court to uphold this principle, which is completely consistent with the European Convention on Human Rights.”
It wasn’t just the Nazis: Now doctors [in Belgium and the Netherlands] can euthanize sick children, mentally disabled
Life News: It wasn’t “the Nazis” that caused the mass euthanasia deaths of disabled infants and adults. It was the eugenics ideology of the era that denied human exceptionalism. We are heading in the same direction–although certainly not mass murder of the kind that happened in Germany circa 1939-1945.
Alliance Defending Freedom filed an application with the European Court of Human Rights Wednesday on behalf of Tom Mortier, who is challenging Belgium’s laws that allow doctor-prescribed death. Mortier’s mother was put to death by a doctor for “untreatable depression” even though she was not terminally ill. Mortier did not find out what had happened until he received a telephone call the day after her death.
National Right to Life: 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.
Life News: The leading practitioner of euthanasia in Belgium, Dr Wim Distelmans, is organizing an instructional tour to Auschwitz, the Nazi extermination camp. In ’an invitation for a study trip for healthcare professionals,’ he describes Auschwitz as an ‘inspiring’ surrounding in which to ‘clarify confusion about euthanasia’.
Roger Kiska at Legatus Magazine: “When Europe coughs, America catches a cold. The legal, political and cultural landscape in the U.S. is fertile for the importation of bad legislation like a new law in Belgium that legalizes child euthanasia.”
Marie Meaney at Crisis Magazine: “There has been no coup, no abdication, no revolution. It is an event that has gone largely unnoticed. The media have hardly spoken about it. Yet it is a reality. The monarchy in Belgium is done with, over, kaput. The king of Belgium has turned himself out of his royal throne by signing a law on March 9 that permits child euthanasia.”
LifeNews: “Nonetheless I was still jolted when I read today that the Belgian press was reporting that on Sunday King Filip-Philippe had signed the measure into law. I don’t anything about the political system, except that as a constitutional monarch, there was virtually no chance the King would not sign the proposal.”
American College of Pediatricians: “It is the role of every medical professional to deliver care to ailing patients with compassion, always striving to preserve the patient’s life and dignity. The American College of Pediatricians is appalled by Netherlands’ recent legalization of Neonatal Euthanasia and Belgium’s legalization of euthanasia for terminally ill children of any age, and alerts healthcare professionals to the possibility of similar legislation in the United States.”
Mary Jo Anderson at Crisis Magazine: “Among few others, Flemish Christian Democratic senator, Els Van Hoof fought the bill. ‘They [children] can’t drink before they’re 16. They can’t smoke before they’re 16. They can’t vote before they’re 18. They can’t marry before they’re 18. They can’t be punished because they don’t have the competence. But when they talk about life and death, they can decide? It’s not coherent,’ the Senator said. Others insisted the measure is part of the development of Human Rights, and all should have self determination of their own death. How, precisely, this differs from suicide is never articulated.”
Meghan Daum at the LA Times: “Last week, the Belgian Parliament passed a law allowing terminally ill children to request aid in dying. . . . Despite the fact that it’s practically become a truism that Americans afford our pets more dignity in dying than we’re able to give our loved ones, we remain a culture whose denial of death can have a devastating effect on the quality of the end of our lives.”
Tracey Rowland at Crisis Magazine: “What went wrong? How can a nation that is even nominally Catholic do this? . . . Some battles can’t be won politically, only spiritually, and sometimes the political victories follow decades and even centuries of spiritual preparation.”
Christian Post: “‘No civilized society allows children to kill themselves. Far from a compassionate law, this law hands the equivalent of a loaded gun to a child with the astonishing belief that the child should be free to pull the trigger if he or she so chooses. Belgium’s decision to allow this is grotesquely abhorrent and inhumane,’ said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Legal Counsel Roger Kiska in a statement. The Belgian Chamber of Deputies voted 86–44 on Thursday in favor of the controversial law.”
Eugene Kontorovich at The Volokh Conspiracy: “Belgium’s law shows the folly of basing constitutional decisions on the practice of other countries: though we all eat at McDonalds, American and Belgian notions of decency are fundamentally different. In American, an age-unlimited euthanasia law would be unthinkable, in Belgium it apparently has 75 percent popular support. American intellectual elites became uncomfortable being the only Western nation with a juvenile death penalty; the Belgians do not blush at standing out.”
Associated Press: “Belgian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to extend the country’s euthanasia law to children under 18.”
“No civilized society allows children to kill themselves. Far from a compassionate law, this law hands the equivalent of a loaded gun to a child with the astonishing belief that the child should be free to pull the trigger if he or she so chooses. Belgium’s decision to allow this is grotesquely abhorrent and inhumane. As the legal analysis we provided to members of the Belgian Parliament explained, the law’s underlying premise is that life is not worth living and that children are somehow mature enough to make such grave decisions about their own lives. On the contrary, this law exploits vulnerable children by handing to them a ‘freedom’ that they are completely ill-equipped to bear.”
Associated Press: “Belgian lawmakers clashed sharply on Wednesday over whether to grant terminally ill children the right to ask to die, a legal option already possessed by the country’s adults.”
Associated Press: “Belgium, one of the very few countries where euthanasia is legal, is expected to take the unprecedented step this week of abolishing age restrictions on who can ask to be put to death – extending the right to children for the first time.”
Euro News: “A Judiciary Committee has rejected calls for extra hearings before sending Belgium’s Child Euthanasia Bill for a final parliamentary vote. The decision clears the way for it to be passed to the lower house for consideration and a vote sometime before May.”
Christian Institute: The vote of 50-17 in favour of the proposal will now go to the House of Representatives for further scrutiny. If passed, it will make Belgium the first country to introduce euthanasia for minors.
NC Register: Msgr. Renzo Pegoraro, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for Life, deplores the majority Catholic country’s effort to extend its euthanasia law.
Christian Concern: The Dean of the Faculty of Law at a Belgian University has warned that laws permitting euthanasia cannot be introduced without endangering the lives and safety of patients, and that safeguards and controls introduced in any such legislation will not work.
No Euthanasia in Europe: Soon the Belgian Parliament will vote on a bill that will extend the country’s euthanasia law to children. If this bill is enacted into law, a 12 year old child can decide on life or death without the consent of his or her parent(s). The law gives the physician certain authority to ask the State to assume the role of the parents.
Christian Institute: Belgium is now a step closer to introducing child euthanasia, after a Senate committee voted 13-4 in favour of the proposals on Wednesday.
LifeNews: A heated debate on proposals to legalise euthanasia for minors in Belgium intensified this week. The governing Socialist party has proposed the bill while the Christian Democratic Flemish party has declared that it will challenge it in the European Court of Human Rights, if it were to become law.
Washington Post: Should children have the right to ask for their own deaths? In Belgium, where euthanasia is now legal for people over the age of 18, the government is considering extending it to children — something that no other country has done. The same bill would offer the right to die to adults with early dementia.
LifeSiteNews: An article written by Adam Withnall and published in the The Independent on October 8, 2013 is reporting that the Belgian parliament has resumed its debate on the extension of euthanasia to children with disabilities and people with Alzheimer’s/dementia.
Telegraph: A Belgian has been killed by medical euthanasia after pleading for death because a botched sex change operation to turn her into a man had resulted in “a monster”.
Wesley J. Smith at LifeNews: Belgium is really gearing up its euthanasia followed by organ harvesting regime–and apparently the transplant medical community has no moral qualms. In fact, it has become so morally ho-hum, that it was the subject of discussion at the 21st European Conference on General Thoracic Surgery held in the UK in May.
LifeNews: A study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management – November 2011 titled:Process and Outcomes of Euthanasia Requests Under the Belgian Act on Euthanasia: A Nationwide Survey found that only 5% of requests for euthanasia in Belgium are refused.
Catholic Culture: The Conference of European Churches (CEC) has announced plans to move its main offices from their current location in Geneva to Brussels, to be close to the offices of the European Union.
LifeNews: Child euthanasia: It’s all over but the final voting in Belgium as the Parliament agrees across party lines that doctors should be able to euthanize children.
Reuters: The Belgian city of Ghent has scrapped its ban on civil servants wearing headscarves after its Socialist and Green majority overturned a measure imposed in 2007 when center-right parties dominated the city council.
LifeSiteNews: Euthanasia is hardening from a medical option into an ideology. Belgium’s euthanasia doctors even believe they are being humane because they are liberating people from their misery. Fundamentalist humanists go further and describe euthanasia as the ultimate act of self-determination. The opinion of the patient’s family has no weight whatsoever.
LifeSiteNews: Euthanasia claimed its most famous victim last Saturday. At the age of 95, Belgian Nobel laureate Christian de Duve was killed with a lethal injection. He died in his home, surrounded by his four children.
Andrew Harrod of Front Page Magazine via The Legal Project: A Bruges, Belgium criminal court convicted a man for shredding a Koran on March 6, 2013. The court imposed a four-month prison sentence and a 600 euro fine upon him. He now additionally faces a revocation of a previous suspension of an 18-month prison sentence for having set a fire in a wood. This case highlights yet again the greater restrictions on speech in free societies outside of the United States and how these restrictions can limit open debate about Islam.
LifeSiteNews: In an astonshing display of gentleness in the face of a vile attack, the head of the Catholic Church in Belgium, Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, remained calmly seated with eyes closed in prayer Tuesday as four topless women attacked him with shouts and curses and doused him with water.
Christian Institute: Over 1,000 cases of euthanasia were reported in Belgium in 2011 – a 4,620 per cent rise since the practice was legalised in 2002.