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Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Belgian proposal for euthanasia of dementia sufferers and minors
The European institute of Bioethics reports on two new initiatives to expand the culture of death in Belguim.
Three members of the Belgian House of Representatives (Myriam Vanlerberghe, Renaat Landuyt and Maya Detiège) according to the report, have tabled draft legislation for euthanizing people suffering from dementia.
The authors start from the observation that the Act of May 28, 2002 on euthanasia does not apply to people with dementia even if they have drafted an advance directive while still capable of doing so.
The authors argue that dementia is generally progressive and suggest that anyone, even if already ill, could write an advance directive nominating the stage at which his/her life may be terminated without ant limitation as to timescale. These people may therefore be euthanized, even if completely unable to consent at the time of euthanasia (confusion, unconsciousness), and even if the forward declaration was written many years before.
The authors also attack conscientious objection by suggesting that if the doctor refuses to perform euthanasia, there would be an obligation to transfer the case to a doctor who will implement the written request.
The same authors have also filed October 28, 2010 a bill on euthanasia of minors.
They propose that a minor with the faculty of discernment (12 years) should be able to request euthanasia under the same conditions as an adult. The decision would be made in consultation with parents and a medical team comprising at least the attending physician, nurse practitioner, a child psychologist or psychiatrist and a social worker.
If the minor has no power of discernment, parents could make the request for euthanasia themselves.
In case of premature birth it is proposed that the decision could be taken by the parents in consultation with a small medical team.
I was born in Galway, Ireland where I attended first Scoil Fhursa and then St Ignatius (Jesuit) College. My family moved to Cork in 1960 and I spent my last year at the Christian Brothers College in Mc Curtain street Cork (CBC).
I came to Dublin in 1963 where I met and married my wife Philomena. We have lived in Dublin since then and have been blessed with seven children and 17 grandchildren (so far). When I finished school I studied architecture through the professional institutions and I am a retired Member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (MRIAI). I also hold a BSc. in psychology and political philosophy.
I currently lobby pro-life and pro-family issues at the United Nations in New York and Geneva and occasionally at the European Parliament and Council of Europe. I am a member of the pro-life, pro-family coalition operating within the international institutions and I am a consultant to the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children SPUC on UN and related matters.
Between 1978-85, as a married couple Philomena and I were involved in the presentation of Marriage Encounter Weekends and pre-marriage courses. We also represented Worldwide Marriage Encounter on a committee for the family in the Dublin Archdiocese. Between 1985-1988. I was appointed National Secretary and then President of the Catholic Secondary Schools Parents Association (CSPA). I have been lobbying pro-life issue at the UN for upwards of 12 years.
I am a past President of the National Association of Catholic Families (NACF)
1997: Anthology of pro-life verse
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