European court’s ruling on Belgian euthanasia laws is ‘important win for life’

Oct 5, 2022 by

from Christian Today:

Europe’s top court has dismissed a challenge against Belgium’s legal framework for euthanasia but found that it violated the European Convention on Human Rights in how it reviewed the circumstances surrounding a 64-year-old woman’s death.

The case was taken to the European Court of Human Rights by Tom Mortier, son of Godelieva de Troyer, who died by lethal injection in 2012 on the basis of a diagnosis of “incurable depression”.

It challenged whether Belgium’s euthanasia laws violated the European Convention on Human Rights and specifically Article 2, which enshrines the right to life for all under law.

The court found that there was no violation of the right to life in two out of four counts relating to Belgium’s legal framework for euthanasia and the conditions in which de Troyer’s euthanasia was carried out.

There was also no violation of Article 8 and right to respect for private and family life according to the court, which concluded that doctors had done everything reasonable to ensure de Troyer informed her family about her request for euthanasia, while protecting her privacy.

The court did, however, find that Belgium violated the European Convention on Human Rights on the grounds of the length of the subsequent criminal investigation and the way that it carried out the post-euthanasia review.

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