Vatican Condemns Belgium Assisted-Suicide Law

VATICAN, Oct 26, 01 ( - The Vatican daily newspaper has criticized a Belgian Senate vote authorizing physician-assisted suicide.

L'Osservatore Romano noted that Belgian legislators, by a 44-23 vote, had approved a bill that would make it legal for doctors to administer fatal medical dosages to their patients. The Vatican paper observed that if the lower house of the country's legislature also approves the bill, "Belgium-- the country where the late King Baudouin preferred to suspend his sovereignty rather than approve a law allowing abortion-- will become the second European states to ask doctors not to heal, but to kill."

Catholic World News Service - Daily News Briefs
26. oktober 2001