Euthanasia for prisoners

A prisoner in Belgium, Frank Van Den Bleeken, has just been granted the right to be euthanized. He is in his 50’s, has been jailed for the last 30 years, and is not terminally ill. He claims “unbearable psychological anguish”. It took three years of legal wrangling to get the courts to grant him the right to access euthanasia. Van Den Bleeken has no prospect of being released because of his violent sexual urges, and there is no ...

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Involuntary euthanasia for intensive care in Belgium

The propagation of euthanasia in Belgium is growing at a nearly exponential rate. Euthanasia became legal in Belgium in 2002. En February 2014, the Belgian parliament legalised euthanasia for children. This week, the Journal of Critical Care published a statement from the Belgian Society of Intensive Care Medicine (BSICM) "'Piece' of mind: End of life in the intensive care unit", where the BSICM affirms that involuntary euthanasia is a form of treatment that is not only acceptable, but ...

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