By Alex Schadenberg. International Chair - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.
Tom Mortier, a chemistry professor, who lost his depressed mother, Godelieva De Troyer, to euthanasia in April 2012, has challenged the Belgian euthanasia law and the doctor who lethally injected his mother by launching a legal challenge at the European Court of Human Rights.
An article written by Kelsey Harkness and published in the Daily Signal concerns Mortier's case.
Harkness defines the Belgian euthanasia experience by explaining how it has expanded over time. She writes:
Although euthanasia laws originally were designed with terminally ill patients in mind, they have evolved to include persons with mental illness or physical disabilities, those who didn’t or couldn’t consent, and even children.
In Belgium, where it is now legal for terminally ill children who are in great pain and have parental consent to end their lives, euthanasia results in about one in every 50 deaths.
The article describes Mortier's experience with the euthanasia death of his mother by stating: