- Jul 8, 2020
Dr. Willem Lemmens is a Professor of Modern Philosophy and Ethics at the University of Antwerp and told Crux “those psychiatrists opposing the too broad and lenient application of the law are scorned for being inhumane and for lacking empathy with unbearable suffering.”
As more countries embrace euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, is there a danger that “suicide prevention” might shift to “suicide assistance”?
Ivo Poppe, a 61-year old Catholic deacon in Belgium, went on trial this week under the suspicion of killing at least ten people, including multiple family members.
Catholics in Belgium are concerned the country’s euthanasia law is being abused to kill patients without legal checks and safeguards.
In Guatemala, a determined Belgian missionary named Jean-Marie Boxus, so dedicated to serving his people that he spent years as a volunteer fire-fighter, joined forces with a non-profit organization called World Neighbors, which believes in “getting to the little guy in the rice paddy,” to promote development and self-reliance among small farmers.
The Brothers of Charity in Belgium are trying to find a way to keep euthanasia from happening at the hospitals they sponsor, but the hospitals’ board who is made up mostly of laity has issued a defense of their decision to offer euthanasia that a Belgian lawyer claims will have “far-reaching” consequences.