This is a response to the letter by Johan Braeckman et al., which itself was a response to a letter by Ariane Bazan et al.. in which the authors argued that the Belgian legislator ought to remove the option to request euthanasia purely on the basis of psychological suffering. This response was published in De Morgen on 14/12/2015
(Google translation was used for a rough basis, and I corrected the text based on my own knowledge of Dutch–my mother tongue)
Psychological Suffering Is Never Trivial
Ariane Bazan (Prof Clinical Psychology ULB), Gertrudis van de Vijver (Prof Philosophy, University of Gent), Willem Lemmens (Prof Philosophy, University of Antwerpen), Maarten Van Dijck (Prof Epistemology & History of Science, University of Gent), Jasper Feyaerts (Clinical Psychologist, University of Gent)
“Don’t trivialize psychological suffering,” Johan Braeckman and others write in response to our open letter, and this is about the best possible…
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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
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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1. La loi Belge et son application démontrent que le risque de la pente glissante est inhérent à toute loi légalisant l’euthanasie.
– de patients terminaux on a évolué vers patients non-terminaux
-de problèmes physiques vers problèmes psychiques
-de l’accord explicite de la personne vers un accord écrit 5 ans plus tôt
– extension de la loi vers les pré-déments et déments
-délégation de la décision à une tierce personne (de confiance)
-euthanasie à la demande
-discussions en commission d’assurance maladie pour prévoir un numéro de nomenclature pour l’acte d’euthanasie
-projet de loi pour permettre l’euthanasie d’enfants avec ou sans l’accord des parents
-l’euthanasie est encouragée par les autorités : vous trouverez tous les documents sur les web sites officiels ; ces documents vous sont également remis dans les mairies, promus par les services sociaux.
-des médecins sont formés en « spécialistes de fin de vie » et ceci n’a rien à voir avec les…
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Date: October 25, 2013
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Auberge Bonaparte
447, rue Saint-François-Xavier
Montréal, QC H2Y 2T1
(Beside the Centaur Theatre)
The Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice presents a doctor and his patient from Oregon where assisted suicide is legal.
Dr Kenneth Stevens is a practicing cancer doctor with more than 40 years’ experience. He is also a Professor Emeritus and a former Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland, Oregon. He has treated thousands of patients with cancer.
Jeanette Hall, Dr. Stevens’ patient, is thrilled to be alive 13 years after he talked her out of “doing” Oregon’s law, i.e., killing herself with a lethal dose of barbiturates.
In 2000, Jeanette was diagnosed with cancer by another doctor and told that she had six months to a year to live. This was without treatment. The other doctor had referred her to Dr…
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Jeanette Hall, is thrilled to be alive 13 years after Dr Kenneth Stevens, a practicing cancer doctor with more than 40 years’ experience, talked her out of “doing” Oregon’s law, i.e., killing herself with a lethal dose of barbiturates.
In 2000, Jeanette was diagnosed with cancer by another doctor and told that she had six months to a year to live. This was without treatment. The other doctor had referred her to Dr. Stevens for radiation and chemotherapy. Jeanette, however, had voted for Oregon’s law. She had made a firm decision to go forward with Oregon’s law instead.
Dr Kenneth Stevens is a Professor Emeritus and a former Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland, Oregon. He has treated thousands of patients with cancer.
In a press conference this morning in Montreal, Dr. Stevens spoke about how the mere existence of legal assisted…
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2 days prior to “a vote in principal” of Bill 52 at the Quebec National Assembly, the Coalition of Physicians for Social Justice invited an Oregon physician, Dr Kenneth Stevens, who described how Oregon’s physician assisted suicide law had caused hundreds of physician assisted suicides over the past fifteen years. He also described how if the current Bill 52 on euthanasia is passed in Quebec, hundreds of Quebecers will die annually at the hands of doctors.
Dr Kenneth Stevens is a leading cancer specialist with more than 40 years’ experience. He is also a Professor Emeritus and a former Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Oregon Health & Sciences University, and Portland, Oregon. He has treated thousands of patients with cancer.
According to Oregon law, patients must be considered to have less than 6 months to live. Dr Stevens stated that the ability to diagnose and predict the survival…
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Quebec is reviewing Bill 52 today. The link below is to Dr. Kenneth Stevens interviewed on the CBC’s The Current. Click to listen.
- Oregon doctor to Quebec lawmakers: say no to assisted suicide (globalnews.ca)
- Study: 10 yrs of Euthanasia in Belgium – Should Quebec Embark on This Lethal Journey (coalitionmd.wordpress.com)
- Press Conference : The Deadly Risks For Quebecers of Bill 52 – Belgian doctor condemns euthanasia (coalitionmd.wordpress.com)
- Vote on Quebec bill to allow euthanasia expected Tuesday (lifesitenews.com)