By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
The recent 2015 HOPE International Symposium opposing euthanasia and assisted suicide featured many excellent speakers, including Professor Tom Mortier, whose depressed mother died by euthanasia in Belgium.
Rebecca DiGirolamo interviewed Mortier at the Symposium in Australia for the Southern Cross news.
DiGirolamo’s article begins by expressing Mortier’s purpose for speaking at the Symposium in Australia.
The son of a clinically depressed woman euthanized under Belgium’s liberal laws has warned Australian politicians against legalizing euthanasia.
“I want to warn people by telling my story,” said Mr. Mortier, a chemistry professor in Belgium.
He said his mother was a 64-year-old woman in perfect physical health with a treatable illness when she was killed by lethal injection in 2012 following a relationship break-up.
He said he was not involved in the decision making process nor was he contacted by the doctor who euthanized her, Dr. Wim Distelmans.