Published On: Wed, Sep 17th, 2014

Tom Mortier sues Belgium, euthanasia laws after mother killed and family not informed

A man is seeking legal action, taking Belgium to Europe’s high court, after doctors euthanized his mother and did not notify him until the next day.
NVVE is an "End of Life" group offering assisted suicides and euthanasia in the Netherlands photo http://www.nvve.nl/

NVVE is an “End of Life” group offering assisted suicides and euthanasia in the Netherlands photo http://www.nvve.nl/

Tom Mortier, a long time critic of Belguim’s euthanansia laws, claims that his mother, Godelieva De Troyer, died April 19, 2012 at the hands of an oncologist, not her psychiatrist who treated her depression for 20 years.

““This has nothing to do with humanism…This has nothing to do with taking care of a human being,” Mortier said in a 2013 interview.
Mortier told Christian Headlines that he examined euthanasia law and where it came from after his mother died. “I believe that the appeal to ‘free choice’ is becoming a dogma of convenience,” Mortier argues in a post on his blog. “We are rapidly changing into a society of absolute loneliness where we don’t want to take care of each other any more.”
Last week Mortier and Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights over his mother’s death.
They argue the euthanasia of Mortier’s mother violated Belgium’s own laws. “She suffered from a mental illness that is not only treatable, but on her own account was caused at least in part by feeling distant from her children,” ADF’s Robert Clarke said.

The doctors she sought out to approve her death, after those who knew her refused, never sought treatment for her depression.
“The few safeguards that do exist in the law aren’t being used to safeguard anyone,” Clarke said. 
Even worse, oncologist Wim Distelmans did not approve De Troyer’s request until after she donated approximately $5,000 to Life End Information Forum, a euthanasia organization Distelmans co-founded. Distelmans also co-chairs the government’s policing arm that verifyies euthanasia cases comply with the law, so he was “policing himself,” Clarke added. 
The number of uthanasia killings in Belgium and the Netherlands have skyrocked in recent years, especially for people with mental illness or depression, and the elderly who don’t want to go to nursing homes. 
ADF also is challenging the larger issue of euthanasia, arguing it is illegal based on European human rights law. Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights declares that “everyone’s right to life shall be protected by law,” and “no one shall be deprived of his life intentionally” unless ordered by criminal conviction.
Article 8 gives Europeans a right to a private life—a clause used by pro-euthanasia activists to justify allowing people to take their own lives.
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