Euthanasia “Tourists” Flock to Belgium for Lethal Injections to Kill Themselves

International   |   Wesley Smith   |   Aug 22, 2016   |   4:59PM   |   Washington, DC

When euthanasia is sold, we are promised it will be a rare procedure, oh, so carefully administered, with tremendous protections against abuse. Guidelines, schmidelines: In Belgium, people from other countries show up at ERs to be killed.

From the International Business Times story:

Euthanasia tourists are flocking to Brussels to get a lethal dose. Doctors at hospitals and clinics at Belgium’s capital are seeing an increase in number of euthanasia tourists who are travelling from across the world to their accident and emergency rooms.

As elective medical killings are illegal in France, French patients are often arriving with suitcases. They believe that their request to die will be carried out within a week.

If a terminally ill, chronically sick, disabled, mentally ill, or elderly person–all of whom can be euthanized in Belgium–can merely travel to Belgium, present at an ER, and be dead in a week, euthanasia is not being cautiously provided. That comes close to death on demand.

Of course, euthanasia advocates will use this story to argue that people shouldn’t have to travel far from home to be made dead. Baloney.

If it is to be legal, medicalized killing should be difficult to access, not easy. Oh, and unlike the suicide entrepreneurs in Switzerland, for EU members, the killing is free.

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One of the primary reasons why people choose to get euthanized in Belgium is the cost.

Euthanasia in Switzerland costs €4,000 (AU$5,935), writes The Australian. However, euthanasia in Belgium is usually free as the treatment is covered by the European Union’s health insurance card. The bills are sent to French healthcare providers.

Those insurance companies should refuse payment. Euthanasia isn’t medicine. Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Human Exeptionalism.