Dying in Belgium: The Euthanasia Way
In Europe, the second country to legalize active euthanasia is Belgium. The Netherlands was first and more recently Luxembourg made the same political decision. Active euthanasia as legalized is for a physician to provide and carry out the means to end the life of a patient at the request of the patient who usually has an incurable condition, in great pain and discomfort which cannot otherwise be managed to the patient's relief. The details of the criteria and process may vary between countries. Philosopher and ethicist and Professor and Chair, University of Hull, Raphael Cohen-Almagor, D.Phil.has written an educational and insightful article in the Issues in Law & Medicine, Volume 24, Number 3, 2009 titled "Euthanasia Policy Practice in Belgium:Critical Observations and Suggestions for Improvement." It is available as a pdf file by going to this link.
The article is very readable and provides, as I said, insight into potential weaknesses or uncertainties in policy and law which is still pertinent to euthanasia in Belgium but also should be considered by other countries considering euthanasia.
After reading the article, come back and voice your opinions about the good and bad of euthanasia. ..Maurice.