Ending life and procreating in Flanders and in the Netherlands

03-05-2023 from 19:00 to 21:00
Campus Boekentoren, Building Blandijn (Blandijnberg 2), Aud. 3 Suzanne Lilar
Martine De Reu

Only three countries in the world have legalised euthanasia, i.e. the active ending by a physician of the life of a patient at the latter's request: the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg. Four other states, Oregon, Washington and Montana in the USA and Switzerland, allow a terminally-ill patient to administer him- or herself lethal drugs, but stop short of euthanasia. The Low Countries thus form an island of seeming end-of-life radicalism in an ocean of nations that appear to handle life more carefully.

The lecturer explains what considerations have led these three countries to allow euthanasia and how it has become an indispensable element in a global approach to humane and dignified dying. The lecturer will also go into other bioethical "spear points" in the Low Countries. The opening of marriage and adoption to same-sex couples and some innovations and research types in reproductive medicine also single them out from large parts of the rest of the world (although less clearly and consistently than in the case of life-ending).

Lecturer: Freddy Mortier, Faculty of Arts