Belgian GPs “Killing Patients Who Have Not Asked to Die.”

Belgian GPs “Killing Patients Who Have Not Asked to Die.” June 15, 2015
Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Steven Depolo
Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Steven Depolo

Evidently, the greatest danger to an elderly person in Belgium is their doctor, a fact that shouldn’t surprise anyone.

If you give people the legal right to commit murder, they will commit murder.  What’s more, people who enjoy committing murder will be drawn to the profession which is allowed to kill without legal consequence.

Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Steven Depolo
Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Steven Depolo

We have become a society which only grants a basic right to life to those who are able to go into court and defend their lives themselves. Now, we are becoming a society in which even this opportunity to fight for your life in court is being removed.

Belgian doctors are killing people without informing either them or their families. The docs just decide who to murder, and then they murder them. There’s no room in that equation for legal challenges and courtroom appeals for a stay of execution. Belgium has evidently given its doctors the legal right to kill at will, with no corresponding right to protest on the part of their victims or their victim’s families.

It’s the Final Solution in a white coat.

Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Alden Chadwick
Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Alden Chadwick

From The Daily Mail:

Thousands of elderly people have been killed by their own GPs without ever asking to die under Belgium’s euthanasia laws, an academic report said yesterday.

It said that around one in every 60 deaths of a patient under GP care involves someone who has not requested euthanasia.

Half of the patients killed without giving their consent were over the age of 80, the study found, and two thirds of them were in hospital and were not suffering from a terminal disease such as cancer.

In about four out of five of the cases, the death was not discussed with patients subjected to ‘involuntary euthanasia’ because they were either in a coma, they were diagnosed with dementia, or because doctors decided it would not be in their best interests to discuss the matter with them.

Very often doctors would not inform the families of plans to lethally inject a relation because they considered it a medical decision to be made by themselves alone, the report published by the Journal of Medical Ethics said.


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10 responses to “Belgian GPs “Killing Patients Who Have Not Asked to Die.””

  1. Okay, this is insane.

    If we allow any kind of medically assisted suicide in our society, one of the key elements of its implementation has to be consent of the patient in question. Heck, without consent, it cannot even be called suicide; its just murder.

    Not only should these cases meet a very specific criteria, but they should be reviewed and approved by an agency independent from the medical profession. This should not be an option on the menu for doctors and medical insurance companies. It should be treated like what it is: an exception.

    Somebody exercising their right to die should never take precedence over somebody else’s right to live.

  2. There are many reasons for “putting someone out of their misery” but I think you nailed it. These doctors are murderers on the ethical level of Josef Mengele. One of the motivations is money. In Europe, including Belgium, all health care is rationed. There is only so much money. It is too expensive to them to keep people,alive who are going to die anyway. That includes children and the elderly.
    It is heinous, inspired by a complete bankrupt society and soul.

    • As a Hospice Nurse it boggles the mind what might happen in California if that piece of “right to die” legislation passes. I see too many elderly folks who have no family and are dependent on the state to provide their care. I have also encountered family members who ask that their loved one “be put to sleep.” I remember one daughter, of a 94 year old man, who kept asking me, “when is he going to die? My sister lives in Hong Kong and wants to go home already but can’t because my father is still alive. Can you give him something to make him go to sleep?” I looked at her and had to stop myself before I said anything unprofessional. I reminded her what Hospice is all about and “no, I cannot give him anything to make him go to sleep.”

      She just kept giving him Morphine every two hours, 20 mgs, to keep him sedated and to speed up the natural dying process. All of us on that case just documented everything and alerted the Case Managers.

      If push comes to shove and we nurses here in California are put in a position where we have to choose, I will quit my profession and go work at Walmart.

      • 20 mg of morphine, q2h? Isn’t that murder? I hope her father had made his peace with God, but she is certainly in trouble. That’s what happens when there is no moral foundation. I’ve seen treatment withheld from children because they are Downs. This is awful.

        • Well, it was a prn order but the daughter kept giving it anyway regardless of our efforts to re-educate her on what prn means.
          PRN means, only as needed.

          We covered ourselves by documenting what we did and what the daughter was doing.

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