Last week, a jury in Belgium acquitted three doctors sued by the sisters of 38-year-old Tine Nys. Her sisters said the doctors hadn’t sufficiently tried to treat Tine’s mental illness before helping her kill herself.
Nys struggled with drug addiction and had attempted suicide before. Then, she was diagnosed with autism. Under Belgium’s shockingly permissive euthanasia laws, that constituted enough psychological pain to permit doctors to poison her.
In reporting Nys’ story, The New York Times wrote that more than 2,350 Belgian people were “permitted euthanasia” in 2018. Words are important: These 23-hundred people were killed. They weren’t “permitted” anything. That’s the point.
I’ve said it before, and this case is a prime example: The slippery slope of legal euthanasia will slip faster and faster toward homicide. We’ve seen it in Europe, we are seeing it in Canada. We can’t let it happen here.
No culture can promote human flourishing while embracing the love of death.
Elian Peltier | The New York Times | January 31, 2020
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