Belgian woman euthanised after heartbreak

Christian Concern 11 February 2016
FAMILY FIRST COMMENT: This is a disturbing but predicted outcome of euthanasia: “The law requires that two doctors and a psychologist evaluate a person’s request for euthanasia. In Belgium, euthanasia on the grounds of ‘unbearable suffering’ is permitted. In this case, the doctors decided that Tine’s break-up was a reasonable justification for her wanting to end her life. The two sisters felt that very little effort was made to persuade Tine to live.”
Two women have spoken out about the euthanasia of their sister, Tine Nys, in Belgium.

On Christmas Eve 2009, Tine, who was 37 at the time, announced her intention to pursue euthanasia, following a split from her boyfriend.

She was killed by lethal injection on 24 April 2010, with her parents and her sisters Lotte and Sophie by her side.

In a recent interview with Terzake, a Flemish current affairs television programme, Lotte and Sophie expressed their dismay at the attitude doctors took toward Tine’s request.

The law requires that two doctors and a psychologist evaluate a person’s request for euthanasia. In Belgium, euthanasia on the grounds of ‘unbearable suffering’ is permitted.

In this case, the doctors decided that Tine’s break-up was a reasonable justification for her wanting to end her life. The two sisters felt that very little effort was made to persuade Tine to live.

Not only did the three doctors fail to communicate with each other, but they failed to offer treatment for Tine’s diagnosed autism.

One doctor described Tine’s death as “a lethal injection administered to a favourite pet to end its suffering”.

A Flemish psychiatrist, Joris Vandenberghe, commented: “This is really very worrying. The bar for euthanasia should be higher
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