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Gingersnap
06-18-2010, 10:55 AM
Belgian nurses admit killing without consent

By Simon Caldwell

18 June 2010

Doctors in Belgium often delegate the administration of lethal drugs to nurses, the study in a Canadian medical journal found (Photo: CNS)

A high proportion of deaths classed as euthanasia in Belgium have involved patients who have not requested that a doctor ends their lives, a new study has found.

Researchers have discovered that seriously ill or elderly patients taken to hospitals are often given lethal doses of drugs to end their lives even though they have not asked to be killed.

The practice, known as "involuntary euthanasia", is against the law in Belgium. Critics say it is barely distinguishable from murder.

But "voluntary euthanasia", where patients request that a doctor ends their lives, has been permitted in the country for the last eight years.

The extent of the medical malpractice was revealed in a study called The Role of Nurses in Physician-Assisted Deaths in Belgium.

It found that a fifth of nurses interviewed by researchers admitted that they had been involved in the euthanasia of a patient. But it also found that nearly half of these - 120 of 248 - also admitted they had taken part in "terminations [of patients' lives] without request or consent".

Belgium became the second country in the world after the Netherlands to legalise euthanasia since the fall of Nazi Germany but politicians insisted that patients had to consent and stipulated that doctors were the only people allowed to administer lethal drugs. Euthanasia now accounts for two per cent of all deaths.

The new study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, shows that safeguards introduced with the legislation are routinely flouted to allow involuntary euthanasia and the administration of fatal drugs by nurses. "By administering the life-ending drugs in some of the cases of euthanasia, and in almost half of the cases without an explicit request from the patient, the nurses in our study operated beyond the legal margins of their profession," wrote authors Freddy Mortimer, Luc Deliens, Johan Bilsen and Els Inghelbrecht.

Furthermore, the researchers said they believed that the number of nurses involved in involuntary euthanasia was in fact higher than their study found.

They said it was likely that many nurses under-reported their involvement because they did not wish to admit to taking part in an illegal activity.

In the study the authors sought to give nurses the benefit of the doubt for their actions, assuming that the patients were too incapacitated to give their consent to their deaths.

It asserted, without evidence, that "although about half of the nurses' reports indicated that there was no explicit request from the patient, it should be stated that the physicians and nurses probably acted according to the patient's wishes".

WTF? "Probably"?

No, there couldn't possibly be any pesky 'slippery slope' issues when we subvert traditional morality. Young enough? Kill 'em. Old enough? Kill 'em.

I expect it won't be too long before they get around to the rest of the defectives.

Catholic Herald (http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/articles/a0000846.shtml)

PoliCon
06-18-2010, 11:00 AM
They're progressives. They know what's best for us - and what we really want even if we say something quite different. :rolleyes:

PoliCon
06-18-2010, 11:02 AM
Euthanasia will become a large part of Obamacare if it is not repealed. Count on it.

Gingersnap
06-18-2010, 11:06 AM
Euthanasia will become a large part of Obamacare if it is not repealed. Count on it.

"Progressives" have always been in love with eugenics and euthanasia.

lacarnut
06-18-2010, 02:40 PM
Euthanasia will become a large part of Obamacare if it is not repealed. Count on it.

Coming to the USA; you can bet on it.

malloc
06-18-2010, 05:49 PM
involuntary euthanasia


I know there's another word for this, I just can't think of it right now.

JB
06-18-2010, 06:05 PM
I feel that.

Once you involuntary kill and get away with it, you can't wait to do it again.

Ask lurky. I bet she does it all the time.

Rockntractor
06-18-2010, 08:49 PM
I feel that.

Once you involuntary kill and get away with it, you can't wait to do it again.

Ask lurky. I bet she does it all the time.
Lurky is as harmless as a wolverine.:rolleyes:

PoliCon
06-18-2010, 09:47 PM
"Progressives" have always been in love with eugenics and euthanasia.

true. It comes with knowing best what should be. They're smarter even than God . . . . :rolleyes:

PoliCon
06-18-2010, 09:48 PM
I know there's another word for this, I just can't think of it right now.

Murder maybe? :p

Sonnabend
06-19-2010, 03:04 AM
I feel that.

Once you involuntary kill and get away with it, you can't wait to do it again.

Ask lurky. I bet she does it all the time.

JB, Australia isnt far enough away to save you now :eek::eek:

m00
06-19-2010, 06:47 AM
"Progressives" have always been in love with eugenics and euthanasia.

Well, eugenics is simply the natural outcome of abortions + genetic research and testing. So, I wouldn't necessarily agree with "in love" but certainly the policies will get us there.