Doctors might help a gay man to commit suicide

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM: A picture taken 18 April 2005 in Brussels shows an "euthanasia kit" available in the 250 Belgian Multipharma's chemist shops for the general practitioners who want to practise euthanasias at the patients' homes. Family doctors who wish to carry out euthanasia at an patient's home can now procure a kit containing the necessary material at 250 pharmacies throughout Belgium. The general practitioners will have to order the kit themselves and pick it up in person 24 hours later. Doctors in Belgium have complained of difficulties in practicing home euthanasia in suitable conditions due to a lack of knowledge about products, doses or procedures. AFP PHOTO BELGA ETIENNE ANSOTTE (Photo credit should read ETIENNE ANSOTTE/AFP/Getty Images)

A gay men was not ready to accept his sexuality, so he asked doctors for help in ending up his life. The man, from Belgium, is the subject of a BBC report which says that his request for euthanasia had been accepted “initially”. Only identified as Sebastien, the 39-year-old faces further legal tests to see whether taking his own life is legal.

According to the BBC: “Sébastien’s request for euthanasia has been accepted initially.”
He told the BBC: “The moment when they put the drip in my arm – I’m not worried about that… For me, it’s just a kind of anaesthesia.” My whole life has led me to this, really,” he adds. “My mother had dementia, so I wasn’t right, mentally. All that was instilled in me, so I was extremely lonely, extremely withdrawn, very inhibited physically – scared to go out, scared of being seen, all the time scared, hugely shy. And growing up, I met a boy and I fell crazy in love. We were both 15. And it was just unbearable for me, you know? I didn’t want to be gay. In order to have his request granted, the man must prove that he has “constant and unbearable physical or mental suffering”.

Belgium’s euthanasia law requires two doctors to sign off that a patient can take their own life. In cases where there is a psychiatric concern, three doctors must sign off, and those requesting euthanasia must be legally competent and conscious.


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