Senior lawyer for ADF, Roger Kiska, commented: “People suffering from depression need compassion and love, not a prescription for death. The state has a duty to put the necessary safeguards in place so that suffering patients receive adequate care from doctors and an opportunity to consult with family members.”
Mortier, 37, had never paid much attention to the discussion about euthanasia. “I was like just about anyone else here in Belgium: I didn’t care at all,” he said. “If people want to die, it’s probably their choice. It didn’t concern me.”
But his mother’s death has transformed the university lecturer into a strong critic of the country’s euthanasia law. “This is suicide with the approval of society,” he said.