By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
RTL News reported that Luxembourg has had 71 euthanasia deaths in the past 10 years, but the euthanasia lobby wants more.
According to RTL News, a recent survey found that only 40% of the people in Luxembourg know that euthanasia is legal. The response by the euthanasia lobby is to promote more euthanasia.
The 2009 legalization of euthanasia in Luxembourg resulted in a constitutional crisis. Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg refused to sign the bill into law forcing the Duchy of Luxembourg to change its constitution by removing the power of the Grand Duke to sign legislation before it becomes the law of the land [https://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2009/03/grand-duke-henri-of-luxembourg-hero.html].
Grand Duke Henri argued that the legalization of euthanasia was unnecessary because the fear of suffering for people with terminal conditions can be effectively treated by palliative care. He further argued that it was unjust to legalize the practise of killing people and that his conscience could not permit him to sign such a bill into law.
Grand Duke Henri was a Hero. Very few world leaders have had the strength to stand up for justice and oppose euthanasia. Even though the Grand Duke could not stop the legalisation of euthanasia, he forced the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies to change the constitution before it could enact into law the direct and intentional killing of its most vulnerable citizens by euthanasia.
Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.