ABCNews.com Allows No Opposition in Story on 'Serene and Beautiful' 'Euthanizing' of Deaf Twins
An article on ABCNews.com offered no criticism or opposition to the euthanization of two deaf brothers in Belgium. The country's lawmakers, are considering expanding the law which allows doctors to kill patients who are "suffering."
ABCNews.com writer Russell Goldman quoted Dr. David Dufour, describing the last moments of the two deaf brothers who were going blind: "They had a cup of coffee in the hall. It went well and a rich conversation. Then the separation from their parents and brother was very serene and beautiful." Serene and beautiful?
More than 1,000 people legally availed themselves of doctor-assisted deaths in Belgium in 2011, most of them were terminally ill cancer patients.
The brothers are unique in that their illness was not terminal. Belgian law, however, allows doctors to euthanize "suffering" patients who are both mentally sound, over 18 and want to die.
Belgian lawmakers are considering a law that would extend euthanasia to dementia patients and children, whose families and doctors consented.
At no point did the article allow any criticism or disagreement with assisted suicide.
Instead, Goldman blandly explained, "The men, who were born deaf, had a cup of coffee and said goodbye to other family members before walking into hospital room together to die, their doctor told Belgian television station RTL."