A Belgian gay man has asked for the right to die using his country’s radical euthanasia laws because he cannot accept his sexuality
The 39-year-old man identified only as Sebastien claims he is enduring extreme psychological suffering due to his sexuality. He said that his sexuality has made him ‘a prisoner in my own body’.
Euthanasia also known as assisted suicide or mercy killing is the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma. Euthanasia does not include stopping or starting a medically useless treatment, relieving pain when the intention is to kill the pain but not the patient, or refusal of medical treatment by a competent patient.
Voluntary euthanasia is when a competent patient consents and Non-voluntary euthanasia is when the patient lacks the competence to make an end-of-life decision.
Sebastien is presently undergoing medical assessments to ascertain whether his death wish is in line with Belgium’s euthanasia laws.
Belgium has the most radical euthanasia laws in the world, and one of every twenty deaths in Belgium is deliberately caused. Suicide is gradually becoming a moral obligation in the European country.
According to Belgium’s euthanasia laws, a person qualifies for euthanasia if suffering from acute and incurable physical or mental pain. Over the years, the number of cases has kept growing steadily since euthanasia was legalized in 2003.
In 2014, Belgium became the first country in the world to legalize euthanasia for children. Most of Belgium’s euthanized patients have terminal cancer, but people are also being euthanized for autism, anorexia, borderline personality disorders, chronic-fatigue
If three doctors approve Sebastien’s request, it will mark a new step towards routine euthanasia for people who see themselves as sexual misfits.
Three years ago Belgium allowed 44-year-old transsexual Nathan Verhelst, who was born Nancy, the right to die because of his suffering after a botched sex-change operation.
Sebastien said he is attracted to young men and adolescent boys, but that he is scarred from a difficult childhood, during which his mother was ill and he was brought up according to a strict Roman Catholic ethos.
in an interview with BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire Sebastien said that he had undergone 17 years of counselling, therapy and medication and that he believed he had no option but to ask for death.