Doctor’s Final Fix for Mother’s Depression: Death

An oncologist in Belgium delivered to a woman his final solution for depression over a lost relationship with a partner and distant relationships with her children: death.

And since the government approves, the European Court of Human Rights is being asked to review the facts of the case, which include a 2,500 euro donation from the woman to the doctor’s nonprofit Life End Information Forum the day before she was killed.

At issue is the euthanasia law in Belgium and whether the death of Godelieva De Troyer, who was not terminally ill, at the hands of oncologist Wim Distelmans was legal.

Distelmans facilitated De Troyer’s death under Belgium’s euthanasia law after determining she had “untreatable depression” in April 2012 . . .

Mortier argues the right to life and the right to family life are protected under the European Convention on Human Rights. Belgian law allows assisted suicide to be carried out if physicians have determined the person is experiencing “constant and unbearable physical or mental suffering that cannot be alleviated.” (Read more from “Doctor’s Final Fix for Mother’s Depression: Death” HERE)

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