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Belgium’s Death Doctors

Wonder of wonders: Belgium is prosecuting three doctors for illegal euthanasia. After thirty-eight-year-old Tine Nys received a lethal injection, family members reported the doctors—one a psychiatrist—to authorities. They claim Nys’s lethal injection violated the guidelines that doctors are supposed to follow under Belgium’s euthanasia laws.

Their allegations are disturbing. Nys had been diagnosed with autism a few months prior to her death. In her younger years she suffered from a depressive disorder and attempted to commit suicide. But family members report that she had not required treatment for many years and really wanted to die because of a broken romantic relationship. Law enforcement agreed that Nys was not suffering from a “serious and incurable” disorder—which euthanasia patients must be experiencing to be legally eligible for euthanasia.

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