Last week a 20 year-old Belgian woman submitted a formal complaint against Belgian euthanasia guru, Dr Wim Distelmans. The woman, known as Margot, has submitted a complaint stating that her depressed mother died by euthanasia without first receiving treatment for depression.
De Standard news reported Margot as stating:
“It’s very frustrating for me, but I can not respond to these kind of stories in the press.
I can not respond, because of privacy laws and it would violate my professional duties.”
The article reported that this euthanasia death was approved by the Belgium Euthanasia Control and Evaluation Commission. The article omitted that Distelmans chairs the Commission.
Margot’s complaint follows a complaint last February by Professor Tom Mortier concerning the euthanasia death of his mother, Godelieva De Troyer. In his complaint Mortier stated:
Distelmans did not have the expertise to evaluate whether Godelieva De Troyer, was ready for euthanasia. Distelmans is an oncologist, not a psychiatrist and was not even De Troyer’s doctor beforehand. She was physically healthy and not suffering from physical pain, and she had spoken with psychiatrists who thought that her emotional distress was treatable. In fact, she was taking medication at the time, which can cause suicidal ideation – so clearly a treatment plan was in place and it may have been causing serious side-effects. Distelmans, it seems, did not take that into account.
Similar to Belgium, the Netherlands is also incrementally extending euthanasia to more conditions.
Recently in the Netherlands Gaby Olthuis Nootdorp who was a physically healthy 47-year-old, died by euthanasia because she had been living with Tinnitus for 13 years.