Euthanasia: Fancy Suicide?

By now, many of us have read about the 45yr old twin brothers in Belgium that chose to be euthanized. Their decision stemmed from the fact that they were born deaf and were going to go blind.


Here is an account of the situation:

David Dufour, the doctor who presided over the euthanasia, said the twins had died together and had taken the decision in “full conscience”.

“They were very happy. It was a relief to see the end of their suffering,” he said. “They had a cup of coffee in the hall, it went well and a rich conversation. Then the separation from their parents and brother was very serene. At the last there was a little wave of their hands and then they were gone.”

They were happy? Does happiness lead a person to ask to be killed? Suffering… what suffering? The pain of loss? Granted, it would be an unimaginable hardship to have the loss of TWO senses.

What makes this so horrifying is that we abhor suicide in our world, as we should, but somehow Euthanasia is somehow becoming acceptable, and in some places REQUIRED. But what is the line of demarcation?

As Terry points out, “These poor men must not have understood that they have a soul, and that God exists, and that he loves them:  That what is invisible is important.”

Isn’t this just an “fancy suicide” then? Just people with a hole in their heart that want to justify their weakness through a doctor’s order? It is simply ugliness putting on pretty clothes, and nothing more.

This isn’t mercy. Mercy is justice ignored for the sake of love. This is love ignored for the sake of fear, weakness, and doubt.

  • Mark Schaad

    Naturally as Catholics we find the very idea of euthanasia abhorrent. It is murder on the part of the doctors and suicide on the part of the victim(s). Stories like these are incredibly sad when people think they have nothing to live for. I don’t presume to know what it is like to be deaf and blind but — Helen Keller anyone? So yes, sometimes it takes both heroism and trust in God to live out what we’ve been given because we have intrinsic worth.