Belgian Doctors Murdering Patients

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by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  •  April 12, 2018   

Two out of every 10 cancer patients killed by doctors didn't ask to die

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A new study is showing that doctors in Belgium are killing cancer patients without the patient's consent.

A survey published in the British Journal of Cancer on March 29 asked doctors if they had made decisions that shortened the life of their cancer patients without their patient's consent. These included the decision to do the following:

  • Withhold or withdraw life-prolonging medical treatment
  • Increase pain medication that also hastens death
  • Prescribe drugs that explicitly kill the patient

The report stated that decision making [across all life-shortening decisions] took place without the patient's input in almost 20 percent of cases. This means that the increased doses of pain medication that shortened life weren't requested by the patient for pain management.

The survey studied patients in the first half of 2013. During this period, according to doctors themselves, deadly drugs were often given to kill a patient without the patient's knowledge or consent. "[T]he administration of drugs with the explicit intention to hasten death (life-shortening acts) without the explicit request from the patient occurred in 1.8 percent (1.0–3.4 percent) of the cancer deaths during the studied period," said the report.

This trend is increasing as seen in Belgium's neighbor, the Netherlands. The pioneer of euthanasia there, Dr. Boudewijn Chabot, a Dutch promoter of assisted suicide and psychiatrist, is warning that the country was ignoring legal limits to its euthanasia laws and has been killing patients without their consent.

Last year, Dr. Chabot decried the erosion of safeguards contained in the current Dutch euthanasia laws. Chabot, whose prosecution for assisting in the suicide of a 50-year-old woman led to the country's Euthanasia Act of 2002, said the following three criteria must be met for lawful euthanasia:

  • The patient must make a voluntary and deliberate request
  • The patient must be experiencing unbearable and incurable suffering
  • There must be no reasonable alternative treatment

Chabot is saying all three criteria are being disregarded and mental patients are actually being murdered under cover of the law. In January, he and 200 other doctors warned such safeguards were "slowly breaking down," resulting in the killing of many dementia and psychiatric patients "without actual oral consent."

In his article in June, Chabot said doctors are drugging patients and then killing them surreptitiously "because you cannot resist after being sedated." One month prior to his article, the Regional Euthanasia Commission reported that 431 patients had been killed in 2015 without having given their explicit consent.

Watch the panel discuss the culture of death in The Download—Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia.


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