So to live, that one has also at the right time one’s will to death! Humanist euthanasia advocacy in Flanders between the 1970’s and 1990’s. A story of personal choice and therapeutic tenacity

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Research on euthanasia advocacy outside of the Anglo-American sphere is rather scarce. Belgium, originally a Catholic country with now liberal laws concerning bioethical issues, has never been properly researched in this regard. Using my work on euthanasia advocacy within Flemish humanist organisations, this article presents the emergence of the end-of-life advocacy based on freedom of choice for the 1970s to the 1990s. Although tentatively present before this time, I argue that euthanasia advocacy in Belgium was only successful due to the lack of a eugenics connotation and the collaboration of humanist and liberal Catholic factions in the law-making process.
Originele taal-2English
Artikelnummer2
Aantal pagina's29
TijdschriftEssays in the Philosophy of Humanism
Volume28
StatusPublished - 15 sep 2020

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