Published March 10, 2023
In late February, a story that one might imagine in an Aldous Huxley novel occurred in Belgium. There, in euthanasia’s world capital, a person by the name of Genevieve Lhermitte was permitted to undergo euthanasia for what was called “persistent psychological suffering.” As this example demonstrates, Belgian law authorizing euthanasia is incredibly lax, and permits its citizens to kill themselves not only for unbearable physical anguish, but for psychological anguish as well. If this were not extreme enough, children may now also take advantage of euthanasia with parental consent.
While the use of euthanasia in any instance is worth commenting on simply for its own immorality, what is particularly eye-popping is the fact that Mrs. Lhermitte was incarcerated under a life sentence for the brutal slaying of her five children in 2007. So, to summarize the situation at hand: A prisoner with a severe mental illness who was guilty of an unspeakably evil crime was granted permission to kill herself by the state.
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EPPC Fellow Andrew T. Walker, Ph.D., researches and writes about the intersection of Christian ethics, public theology, and the moral principles that support civil society and sound government. A sought-after speaker and cultural commentator, Dr. Walker’s academic research interests and areas of expertise include natural law, human dignity, family stability, social conservatism, and church-state studies. The author or editor of more than ten books, he is passionate about helping Christians understand the moral demands of the gospel and their contributions to human flourishing and the common good. His most recent book, out in May 2021 from Brazos Press, is titled Liberty for All: Defending Everyone’s Religious Freedom in a Secular Age.