Translation of an Open Letter of 8 December 2015 by Belgian Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Philosophers and Others re Psychological Suffering in Belgian Euthanasia Legislation (Translation)

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On December 8, 2015, a group of psychiatrists, psychologists, philosophers and others published a letter in De Morgen, a Flemish newspaper, asking the legislator to remove the option for euthanasia on the basis of purely psychological suffering. Here is the English translation of the publication in De Morgen. I used google translation to create a quick basis, and corrected that rough translation based on my own knowledge of Dutch (Dutch is my native language). For the original Dutch version, go to

http://www.demorgen.be/opinie/schrap-euthanasie-op-basis-van-louter-psychisch-lijden-uit-de-wet-b277b650/

REMOVE EUTHANASIA ON THE BASIS OF PURELY PSYCHOLOGICAL SUFFERING FROM THE LEGISLATION.

DEATH AS THERAPY.  Ariane Bazan (clinical psychologist ULB), Gertrudis Van de Vijver (philosopher UGent) en Willem Lemmens (ethicist, Universiteit Antwerpen) write this open letter in name of 65 professors, psychiatrists and psychologists.

For the first time since the adoption of the law in 2002, a decision to allow euthanasia – the case De Moor / Van Hoey – was…

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