Two women have spoken out about the euthanasia of their sister, Tine Nys, in Belgium. On Christmas Eve 2009, Tine, who was 37 at the time, announced her intention to pursue euthanasia, following a split from her boyfriend. She was killed by lethal injection on April 24, 2010, with her parents and her sisters Lotte and Sophie by her side.

In a recent interview with Terzake, a Flemish current affairs television program, Lotte and Sophie expressed their dismay at the attitude doctors took toward Tine’s request. The law requires that two doctors and a psychologist evaluate a person’s request for euthanasia. In Belgium, euthanasia on the grounds of “unbearable suffering” is permitted. In this case, the doctors decided that Tine’s breakup was a reasonable justification for her wanting to end her life. The two sisters felt that very little effort was made to persuade Tine to live. READ MORE