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Faced with blindness, deaf twins choose euthanasia
NBC WORLD NEWS ^ | 14JAN13 | Annabel Roberts

Posted on 01/24/2013 8:04:56 PM PST by OzarkSailor

After winning approval from the necessary authorities, the two men received lethal injections at a Belgian hospital in December. Dufour described their last moments: "They had a last cup of coffee and everything was fine. They said goodbye to their parents and brother and all was serene. They waved — and that was that." Under a 2002 law, Belgians are allowed to end their own lives if a doctor judges an individual has made his or her wishes clear and is suffering unbearable pain. The case of the twins was unusual because the two men were not approaching the end of their natural lives nor were they terminally ill.

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: belgium; bioethics; healthcare; suicide; twins
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The below quote came from http://www.expatica.com

"You can be assured of the highest-quality medical care in Belgium, regarded as among the best healthcare systems in Europe."

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1 posted on 01/24/2013 8:05:09 PM PST by OzarkSailor
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To: OzarkSailor

They chose it. Not the government. Government should stay out of everything involving your life. I wouldn’t chose this but at least they were not forced by the government. Less government the better.


2 posted on 01/24/2013 8:08:33 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: OzarkSailor

Wow. What a sad decision they made. It’s a heartbreaking story.


3 posted on 01/24/2013 8:15:12 PM PST by proud American in Canada (Please pray for America. She needs God's help more than ever now.)
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To: napscoordinator

>>They chose it. Not the government. <<

Get ready for the “slippery slope” folks to stop by shortly.

The decision to end one’s life is between an individual and his/her God. The government does not belong in the discussion, much less busybodies.


4 posted on 01/24/2013 8:21:49 PM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: napscoordinator
They chose it. Not the government. Government should stay out of everything involving your life. I wouldn’t chose this but at least they were not forced by the government. Less government the better.

possibly....but it is FAR more likely that they were assisted in their decision by "counseling" from the state, and maybe relatives if they had assets.

5 posted on 01/24/2013 8:22:16 PM PST by terycarl
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To: terycarl

Ridiculous. They chose it. Period. Their choice. Their life. Total freedom.


6 posted on 01/24/2013 8:24:22 PM PST by Hildy
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To: napscoordinator

I don’t object to people killing themselves although I would try to talk them out of it. I object to a doctor killing them or to their government going on record that it might be a good idea.


7 posted on 01/24/2013 8:29:47 PM PST by Marylander
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To: napscoordinator
I respectfully disagree with your analysis. We are the stewards of our earthly lives, not the masters. It is a short step from the so-called "right to die" to an imposed duty to die. What we are seeing here and now is that that duty may be imposed not only by government, but also by society, either as a result of popular pressure or as a result of the the actions of unseen holders of the purse-strings. Only a few days ago a Japanese government minister stated that the elderly needed to hurry up and die - and get out of the way of the young. The Nazis were avid proponents of purging the "useless eaters" from society. They, and the Belgian gents who chose suicide, are all part of the Culture of Death.

I'm 65 years old and beset with a plethora of maladies. Notwithstanding that, I will never act to shorten my life due to the circumstances in which I find myself.

I believe, given the Regime in power in this nation, that we will see in my remaining lifetime large-scale euthanasia of the elderly, the seriously ill, and those who live on the margins of society - the homeless, the developmentally delayed, and those who are classified as mentally ill.

A Brave New World, isn't it?



Keep Faith with the Fallen of Benghazi! Let the Obama Regime, for once, tell the Truth!

Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum!

Genuflectimus non ad principem sed ad Principem Pacis!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

8 posted on 01/24/2013 8:49:00 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: napscoordinator; freedumb2003; Hildy
They chose it. Not the government. Government should stay out of everything involving your life.

Yeah, but there is a large segment of FReepers that believe government, courts, the church, or society should have a say in an individual's "end of life" decision. So much for individual rights...

9 posted on 01/24/2013 8:57:23 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Let’s remember that the Belgian socialized medicine system would not have paid for ANY of the complications from blindness and deafness that either of these men could have had under a private insurance plan. Certainly a terrible situation whatever way you look at it.


10 posted on 01/24/2013 8:57:23 PM PST by jeff19
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To: Marylander
I don’t object to people killing themselves although I would try to talk them out of it.

Easily said. However, they were both deaf, and becoming blind. Exactly how would you continue with any type of communication with them, if they had lived ?

I can only imagine it would be like being in an isolation chamber for the rest of your life.

Most people go nuts if they spend more than an hour in an isolation chamber.

11 posted on 01/24/2013 8:57:59 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (What difference does it make (if they eat cake)?)
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To: ConorMacNessa; Drango

>>I respectfully disagree with your analysis. We are the stewards of our earthly lives, not the masters. It is a short step from the so-called “right to die” to an imposed duty to die. <<

Slippery slope AND interference with a man’s right to decide on his life based on himself and his God.

A two-fer.


12 posted on 01/24/2013 9:01:19 PM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: ConorMacNessa

What’s even more disturbing is the Netherlands roving deathmobiles story linked at the bottom. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/03/01/10556325-netherlands-dispatches-mobile-euthanasia-units


13 posted on 01/24/2013 9:09:28 PM PST by jeff19
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To: OzarkSailor

I’m going to defend the 2n Amendment even if it means I’ll die.

What does that make me? Does that make me suicidal? Does this give me control over my life versus karma? Or is this God’s plan that I do this so others may decide differently?


14 posted on 01/24/2013 9:37:09 PM PST by 23 Everest (When seconds count. The police are just 23 minutes away. 831 Bonnie)
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To: UCANSEE2

Helen Keller’s improbable journey from a child unable to communicate due to her multiple disabilities, to her exalted place on the world stage as the famous global citizen she would become, is one of the greatest stories of the 20th century.

http://www.afb.org/section.aspx?FolderID=1&SectionID=1&TopicID=129


15 posted on 01/24/2013 9:46:20 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: OzarkSailor

Fact is, probably none of us know what it would be like to grow up deaf your whole life, and then face the prospect of losing your sight too. I think I would never do this, but I can’t say that I know so.


16 posted on 01/24/2013 9:58:54 PM PST by Behind the Blue Wall
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To: OzarkSailor

Well, now they can see and now they can hear.

They can see the flames and they can hear the gnashing of teeth and the wailing moans of despair.

IN HELL.


17 posted on 01/24/2013 11:10:48 PM PST by Waywardson (I did not vote for that pro-abortionist candidate!)
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To: UCANSEE2

Helen Keller. Braille. Touch. A trial run with blindfolds. Maybe I couldn’t talk them out of it, but I would try.


18 posted on 01/25/2013 5:17:25 AM PST by Marylander
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To: napscoordinator

I agree with everything you said, but I do not think tax dollars (Belgians have socialized healthcare) should be spent on euthanasia.


19 posted on 01/25/2013 3:05:39 PM PST by OzarkSailor
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To: 23 Everest

No, that does not make you suicidal, it makes you brave for standing up for your personal beliefs in the face of adversity.


20 posted on 01/25/2013 3:30:02 PM PST by OzarkSailor
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To: Marylander

Do you know what Helen Keller’s favorite color was ?


21 posted on 01/25/2013 5:26:43 PM PST by UCANSEE2 (What difference does it make (if they eat cake)?)
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