Belgian euthanasia promoter misleads New Zealand audience about euthanasia practice in Belgium.

first_imgEuthanasia Prevention Coalition 29 May 2017Family First Comment: Disturbing. “Bernheim is a long-time euthanasia promoter who will willingly hide the facts at the altar of death.” November 2013, I debated Dr. Jan Bernheim in Brussels, Belgium concerning the practice of euthanasia.During the debate I explained that data from studies proved that in the Flanders region of Belgium (2007) 32% of the assisted deaths were done without explicit request, assisted deaths were being done by nurses (the law limits the act to physicians) and 47% of the assisted deaths were not reported.The research indicated that assisted deaths, that are done “outside of the law” share a high co-relation with the demographic group of people who are over the age of 80, who are incompetent to make decisions, who usually die in a hospital and usually have an unpredictable end-of-life trajectory, representing a vulnerable patient group at risk of having euthanasia imposed upon them.Since then recent Belgian studies concerning the practice assisted death in the Flanders region of Belgium (2013) found that 1.7% of all deaths, (more than 1000 deaths) were hastened without explicit request, and more than 40% of the assisted deaths were not reported. The practice of clandestine euthanasia was not improving in Belgium.Bernheim is fully aware that there is significant abuse of the Belgian euthanasia law. After being challenged at the 2013 debate, Bernheim stated that “there are problems with the Belgian euthanasia law.”Whereas Bernheim is misleading his audience when he states that in Belgium they have put an end to the clandestine practice when the studies actually prove that the opposite is true. Bernheim also misled the public on his tour of Québec a few years ago.Meanwhile the number of euthanasia deaths are increasing every year in Belgium with the practice of euthanasia extending to greater numbers of conditions and even to children.Bernheim is a long-time euthanasia promoter who will willingly hide the facts at the altar of death.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img