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COMMENT: We have discussed eugenics and euthanasia in numerous programs, including Miscellaneous Archive Shows M12 and M60 , as well as FTR #‘s 117 , 124 , 140 , 141 , 534 , 664 , 908 , and 909 , 995 . In Belgium, there has been a dangerous step forward–one that should sound alarm bells for both advocates and opponents of physician-assisted suicide.
A Belgian with dementia was euthanized after his family gave the green light to end his life.
” . . . . A row has broken out in Belgium after a dementia patient who never asked to die was euthanized at the family’s request. The case is described in a letter written by a doctor who resigned from Belgium’s euthanasia commission in protest over the group’s actions on this and other cases. It has raised concerns about weak oversight in a country with some of the world’s most liberal euthanasia laws. Some experts say the case as documented in the letter amounts to murder; the patient lacked the mental capacity to ask for euthanasia and the request for the bedridden patient to be killed came from family members. . . .”
 With the Trump administration gutting federal agencies such as the EPA and turning others over to corporate interests seeking to re-brand them as rubber stamp bureaus for their products, regardless of their safety for the consuming public, Americans are going to be exposed to dramatically-increased mutagens and carcinogens in their environment and products they consume.
Eventually, this exposure will translate into heightened incidence of degenerative disease and serious birth deformities. With wealth growing ever more concentrated and economic inequality resulting from that phenomenon, the pressure on those who cannot afford the medical bills and specialized care required for the sick and birth-disabled to eliminate the source of financial distress will increase.
The Third Reich’s extermination programs stemmed from their euthanasia program and the eugenics philosophy underlying both had a vibrant intellectual foundation in the West. Will the same thing happen here?
A row has broken out in Belgium after a dementia patient who never asked to die was euthanized at the family’s request.
The case is described in a letter written by a doctor who resigned from Belgium’s euthanasia commission in protest over the group’s actions on this and other cases.
It has raised concerns about weak oversight in a country with some of the world’s most liberal euthanasia laws.
Some experts say the case as documented in the letter amounts to murder; the patient lacked the mental capacity to ask for euthanasia and the request for the bedridden patient to be killed came from family members.
The co-chairs of the commission say the doctor mistakenly reported the death as euthanasia.
Although euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002 and has overwhelming public support, critics have raised concerns in recent months about certain practices, including how quickly some doctors approve requests to die from psychiatric patients.
The AP revealed a rift last year between Dr. Willem Distelmans, co-chair of the euthanasia commission, and Dr. Lieve Thienpont, an advocate of euthanasia for the mentally ill.
Distelmans suggested some of Thienpont’s patients might have been killed without meeting all the legal requirements. Prompted by the AP’s reporting, more than 360 doctors, academics and others have signed a petition calling for tighter controls on euthanasia for psychiatric patients.
Euthanasia – when doctors kill patients at their request – can be granted in Belgium to people with both physical and mental health illnesses. The condition does not need to be fatal, but suffering must be ‘unbearable and untreatable.’
It can only be performed if specific criteria are fulfilled, including a ‘voluntary, well-considered and repeated’ request from the person.
But Belgium’s euthanasia commission routinely violates the law, according to a September letter of resignation written by Dr. Ludo Vanopdenbosch, a neurologist, to senior party leaders in the Belgian Parliament who appoint members of the group.
The most striking example took place at a meeting in early September, Vanopdenbosch writes, when the group discussed the case of a patient with severe dementia, who also had Parkinson’s disease. To demonstrate the patient’s lack of competence, a video was played showing what Vanopdenbosch characterized as ‘a deeply demented patient.’
The patient, whose identity was not disclosed, was euthanized at the family’s request, according to Vanopdenbosch’s letter. There was no record of any prior request for euthanasia from the patient. . . .