Improper legal killing? Belgium launches first criminal investigation of euthanasia case

Try and process this statement: “Among Belgians euthanised for mental health reasons, the most common conditions are depression, personality disorder and Asperger’s.”

From The Guardian: Belgian officials are investigating whether doctors improperly euthanised a woman with autism, the first criminal investigation in a euthanasia case since the practice was legalised in 2002.

Three doctors from East Flanders are being investigated on suspicion of having “poisoned” Tine Nys in 2010. The 38-year-old had been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism, two months before she died in an apparently legal killing by a doctor.

Belgium is one of two countries, along with the Netherlands, where euthanasia of people for psychiatric reasons is allowed if they can prove they have “unbearable and untreatable” suffering.

Among Belgians euthanised for mental health reasons, the most common conditions are depression, personality disorder and Asperger’s. Many experts – in Belgium and beyond– dispute whether autism should be considered a valid reason to be killed.

Last year, the Associated Press reported that after Nys’ family filed a criminal complaint, alleging numerous “irregularities” in her death, her doctors attempted to block the investigation.

“We must try to stop these people,” wrote Dr. Lieve Thienpont, the psychiatrist who approved Nys’ request to die – and one of the doctors now facing charges. “It is a seriously dysfunctional, wounded, traumatised family with very little empathy and respect for others,” the message read.

Sophie Nys, one of Tine’s sisters, told the AP that the doctor who performed the euthanasia asked her parents to hold the needle in place while he administered the fatal injection, among other fumbling efforts. Afterwards, the doctor asked the family to use a stethoscope to confirm that Tine’s heart had stopped.

Belgium’s chamber of indictment “presumes that there are sufficient indications in this particular case” and the doctors involved have been referred to the court of assize in Ghent. They will now face trial “due to poisoning”, said Francis Clarysse, a Ghent prosecutor.

Concerns have previously been raised about whether Thienpont, Nys’ psychiatrist, too easily approved euthanasia requests from patients with mental illness.

The AP previously published documents revealing a rift between Thienpont and Dr. Wim Distelmans, who heads Belgium’s euthanasia review commission. Distelmans voiced fears that Thienpont and colleagues may have failed to meet certain legal requirements in some euthanasia cases – and wrote that he would no longer accept referred patients from Thienpont.

In the 15 years since doctors were granted the right to legally kill patients, more than 10,000 people have been euthanised. Only one case has previously been referred to prosecutors; that case was later dropped.

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Recynd77

So, here in CA now, like in OR, is euthanasia an acceptable “treatment” for chronic pain? Now that opiates are no longer considered a valid treatment modality (did I use the term correctly?) for chronic pain, when SSRIs, SNRIs, or NSAIDs don’t work, is euthanasia preferable (for the doctors/government, that is) to opiates?

Disgusting. When we de-value life, our compassion goes out the window, too. (Wait, I don’t think I’m allowed to say that…)

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Recynd77

You got it, Lop: the State has usurped God (well, not the real God, or even a lesser “god”), just as Father Samuel (The OT prophet) warned the Israelites about. The REAL God showered us with gifts (including plants like tobacco, cannabis, and opium poppies) to help us manage our physical maladies; the State, in turn, has, in practice, taken everything effective away from us (or taxes them into extinction). Life is sacred because we are created in His image by Him. Without God, we’re nothing more than semi-conscious animals, to be put down whenever most expedient. The State (and… Read more »

CalGirl
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CalGirl

Abortion, Euthanasia, “assisted suicide,” …whatever. You “make these legal” under any circumstance & subsequently WHINE when this slippery slope keeps adavancing down down down???? Give ME a BREAK. WHAT PLANET ARE WE ON??? I think I’m on planet Earth where human behavior is pretty damned predictable & universal & sliding down that slippery slope is to be expected. ALL of this is a part of the “human condition.” Unfortunately, thousands of years of human observation tells us so. The “low road” is the easiest to take. The “high road” takes more time, more care, more resources, and more committment from… Read more »

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Flanders

During the post WW2 years and after, the State Dept. was (((packed))) during FDR, American monies were going into Europe to promote communism and socialist concepts – while all the time the American taxpayers were told that it was going to “fight communism”. We now see the effects from that all around us. Liberalism as it once existed is almost completely dead. It’s followers today follow slogans which are intended to help those in the world who are trying to kill them – and the rest of us. Stop – “The Suicide Cult”. “Communities and societies, like individual persons, are… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
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Legalizing euthanasia leads to abuses that require criminal investigation?
Surprise! — Not.

Glenn47
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It has long been suspect that many diseases and mental problems have been caused by our governments, whether it be injections, gasses, toxins or other means, the same government that now wants to erase the people they destroyed.
Could that be construed as tampering with evidence?

Steven Broiles
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It looks like Europe has been on a downward spiral for a while now. There’s legalized prostitution, where the “ladies” sit in store windows, there is legal abortion, and now this, euthanasia. (This, along with Angela Merkel’s suicide cult of importing as many barbarians as the Continent can contain standing up). We live in the Age of Satanism Rising, and these effects and events are the fruits of exchanging Moral Man for Sociological Man. Sociological Man is the Marxist collectivite man, reduced to mere functionalities, amoral and carnal. It would turn all of humanity into a beehive of Bethamite utilitarianism,… Read more »

Crackerbaby
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Going out on a limb here…. I suspect that SUICIDE (the plain old fashioned type) is down in Belgium…….
“Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act.” Geo. Orwell

CalGirl
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Lately here in the USA, in the “autism spectrum, ” asperger’s has been omitted from present DSM V diagnostic materials. The interntional community uses an older ICD-X code for diagnostics. This killing is so sad and, of course IMO, obscene in the face of our humanity. It appears, in this instance, geography determines your destiny for cases like this. Which means that, even IF assisted suicide were nationally upheld legally in this country….a diagnosis of “asperger’s syndrome” would not qualify…..as it apparently did in Belgium. Aside, I’ve had many autistic kids in my art classes, b/c that’s the ONE “general… Read more »