For Gwendolyn Rutten, president of the Flemish Liberal Party Open Vld, the legislature must respond to the demands of people who are “tired of living,” who want to end their lives.
The practice of assisted suicide could be extended in Belgium, using a logic that is completely liberal where a man frees himself from the law of the Creator so as to follow only his desires and his perverted freedom. So it is no surprise that Gwendolyn Rutten, the face of the Flemish Liberal Party, said on October 29, 2019: “We must be able to choose the right to die not only when we are suffering in an intolerable way but also when our lives are fulfilled.”
Certainly an isolated proposal for the moment within the Belgian political class, but which might, according to its promoters, respond in future to a real “societal demand.” According to a 2017 survey, seven out of ten Belgians would be in favor of extending access to euthanasia to people who are “tired of living.” And since demand creates supply...
“This is a debate that has arisen, but before going further, it seems to me that it is necessary to improve the conditions for access to euthanasia,” adroitly nuanced Jacqueline Herremans, president of the Belgian Association for the Right to Die with Dignity (ADMD), and member of the Federal Euthanasia Assessment and Control Commission.
Marx's Praxis is Alive
“Although I am very close to this philosophy of being able to end one’s life when one feels it is fulfilled, it may pose a real problem for doctors,” she adds. One way of saying that it is only a question of time before having it enter into law, and therefore into custom, a project a little more criminal than the crime already organized by the law. Marx is dead, but his “praxis” is alive and well.
Another worrying fact is the increasing number of French people traveling to Belgium to plan their last trip. “It is difficult to give figures on the French, because records are anonymized,” continues Jacqueline Herremans, adding that “the ADMD receives a lot of requests from French people; I have the impression that it is increasing.” This impression, adroitly distilled, is part of the campaign to expand euthanasia in France, for which many members of the majority party openly demand, led by Jean-Louis Touraine, socialist Freemason and member of the Grand Orient of France.
Fernand Keuleneer is a lawyer in Brussels and a former member of the supervisory commission. The lawyer argues against the Open Vld. project: “Euthanasia would simply become a ‘patient's right,’ and also a ‘medical act’… A hospital, a retirement home could no longer oppose euthanasia, even if it goes against its principles and its philosophical identity,” he laments. The lawyer sees another consequence, detrimental to the medical profession: “if euthanasia becomes a normal medical procedure, I do not see how a doctor could invoke his conscience clause.”
A biased debate, for Carine Brochier, a member of the European Institute of Bioethics, because it voluntarily pushes the importance of palliative care into the background: “We always go too fast and too far and this damages the development of palliative care, which take time and money,” she concludes. Economic issues have taken precedence over solicitude for the weakest, the sick, and the dying. Decidedly, our Godless societies mock the death of bodies as much as that of souls.