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Another Belgian Double Euthanasia



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This is the third example of which I am aware of “double” euthanasia deaths in Belgium. The first were of an elderly couple. The second of disabled twins, who were going blind. And now the third, another elderly couple. From the Huffington Post story:

A Belgian couple that had spent the past 70 years together decided to end their lives the same way. Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad reports Leopold Dauwe, 90, and Paula Raman, 89, were euthanized Monday, surrounded by their children and grandchildren. The husband and wife, who had known each other for 70 years and were married for 64 years, said neither could envision a life without the other. “Together we walked the road. Together we left,” reads the powerful note on the pair’s memorial card, according to DeStandaard.

Since 2002, Belgium has allowed suicide with medical help for terminally-ill adult patients subjected to intolerable physical or mental suffering. Dirk Uyttendaele, the couple’s son-in-law, told DeStandaard that his relatives were severely ill and that there was no treatment available. Raman was suffering from heart problems and Dauwe was slowly turning blind and had a lung condition. “Neither of them wanted to stay behind when the other would die first, and they did not have any prospect of a dignified death,” Uyttendaele said. “They were tied to their beds, and their death struggle would only become more difficult over time. They chose to act before that. The entire family supported their decision 100 percent,” he added.

Of course they did. If that doesn’t give you the chills… 

This is what euthanasia consciousness brings. Culture of death, Wesley? What culture of death?



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