Belgian Nobel laureate dies through euthanasia
Michael Cook | 11 May 2013 |
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.
A beautiful way to die. In Belgium, that is.
Michael Cook | 25 March 2013 |
Euthanasia is being promoted in Belgium as a “beautiful” and positive way to die.
Should 12-year-old Belgian kids be able to choose euthanasia?
Michael Cook | 02 March 2013 |
Belgian euthanasia: not such a big deal?
Michael Cook | 22 February 2013 |
Trivialization is well and truly under way when Belgian euthanasia becomes the subject of TV chat shows.
Another speed bump for Belgian euthanasia
Michael Cook | 08 February 2013 |
A woman asks for euthanasia after being sexually abused by her psychiatrist.
Belgian twins euthanased because they “had nothing to live for”
Michael Cook | 19 January 2013 |
In a case which has attracted world attention, Belgian doctors have announced that a fortnight before Christmas they euthanased 45-year-old deaf twins who were going blind and thought that they had nothing to live for.
Belgium debates euthanasia for minors and demented
MIchael Cook | 22 December 2012 |
Belgium could allow euthanasia for people under 18 if new proposals by the Socialist Party are approved.
Euthanasia “trivialized” in Belgium: report by bioethics institute
Michael Cook | 09 December 2012 |
A stinging report on the state of euthanasia in Belgium.
Belgium pioneers organ donation after voluntary euthanasia
Michael Cook | 05 October 2012 |
The practice of transplanting organs from patients who die after voluntary euthanasia is becoming customary in Belgium.
New first for Belgium: prisoner euthanasia
Michael Cook | 14 September 2012 |
For the first time, a Belgian prisoner has been euthanased. A man identified as Frank V.D.B, who had spent 20 years in prison for two murders and rapes, died recently. The date is not clear from media reports, but it took place outside the prison. The death only became known because it was revealed by a politician, Senator Louis Ide, who was complaining about the lack of social services in Belgian jails. He seems to have been tipped off by a prison official.
We have to try harder, say Belgian euthanasia doctors. We’re only #2
Michael Cook | 17 January 2012 |
Remember the Avis Rent-a-Car commercials from the 1960s? Maybe not. Anyhow, they tripled the company’s market share with the slogan, “Avis Is Only No. 2, We Try Harder.” The Belgian right-to-die lobby seems to have the same can-do attitude.
Is the slippery slope at work in Belgium?
Michael Cook | 10 December 2011 |
The “slippery slope” is often derided as a logical fallacy. But when one of the leading advocacy groups for euthanasia in Belgium posts an article entitled “Euthanasie: tijd voor de volgende stap, Euthanasia, time for the next step”, it’s hard not to think that it may not be so illogical after all.
Belgian transplant surgeons use lungs from euthanased patients
Michael Cook | 12 June 2011 |
Using organs from euthanased patients seem to have become a well established procedure in Belgium, only nine years after it was legalized. A press release from a team at a hospital in Leuven announced yesterday that it had successfully transplanted lungs from four euthanased patients between 2007 and 2009.
Belgian doctors harvest high quality organs from euthanased patients
Michael Cook | 25 January 2011 |
Participation is voluntary
Only half of Belgium’s euthanasia cases are reported
Michael Cook | 15 October 2010 |
Major report in BMJ
Belgian nurses appear to support euthanasia
Michael Cook | 11 September 2010 |
Are all end-of-life decisions euthanasia decisions?
Half of Belgian euthanasia deaths are involuntary
Michael Cook | 21 May 2010 |
It’s OK. No change since legalisation
Belgian surgeons harvest organs after euthanasia
Michael Cook | 14 May 2010 |
Not just a bright idea