Euthanasia doctor: ‘I don’t call it killing'
– Added December 2020

This short documentary from BBC Stories follows a euthanasia doctor with his patients, offering insight into the pro-death mentality that has infiltrated the medical facilities of the western world. Doctor Yves de Locht practices euthanasia in Belgium, one of the most liberal countries on this deadly procedure. “I don’t call that killing a patient,” says Locht. “I shorten his agony, his suffering, I provide final care, but I don’t feel like I’m killing the patient.” Doctor Locht has euthanized more than 100 people. Eventually he started keeping a diary of his patient’s stories. In a moment of reflection, he admitted that he has to choose which patients to euthanize, and that he has had to say “no” to close friends or family members because it was too hard on him emotionally.
 
This film highlights several patients who asked for Doctor Locht’s “services.” One, referred to as Alain, was a man suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Another patient, Louise, was in perfect health. In crude language she explained her desire to go out on her own terms.
 
The film makers put the most focus on a third patient, Michel, who suffered from jaw cancer. According to his wife, he began his cancer treatment by saying, “I will struggle up to the end. I will do my best to be cured.” However, when the treatments failed to work, he gave up and contemplated suicide. Michel, talking directly to the camera, thanked Doctor Locht for allowing him a way to "die with dignity."
 
As the film comes to a close, Doctor Locht is pictured leaving a hospital after euthanizing Michel. The doctor explained that it went “smoothly” while revealing that “it was a long night” and it “hit him” emotionally.
 
Euthanasia doctor: ‘I don’t call it killing’ is disturbing to watch, especially for a person with a life-affirming mindset. Many of the choices made in the film pervert the meaning of dignity by promoting the attitude that when a life is deemed “difficult,” it should be ended. But our human dignity comes from the terms set by our Creator, not the terms we choose for ourselves. A life well lived is one that is properly accepted as a gift and is lived bravely through the inevitable adversities we each will face. This is a message which medical professionals would be wise to heed. When Doctor Locht is called “home,” one hopes that his conscience will not have been completely euthanized and that he will have asked for God’s mercy before facing judgment.

Reviewed by Chris Rogers
Image: BBC Stories

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