BRUSSELS, November 25, 2003 ( – September 22, 2003, marked the end of the first year of legal euthanasia in Belgium.  Official statistics released today reveal that 203 people were killed with the procedure.  The Federal Health Ministry released the number of reported cases noting also that the number of Flemmish speaking Belgians resorting to euthanasia was four times as high as French speaking Belgians.  Pope John Paul II repeated his warning to Belgium against euthanasia and other harmful pieces of legislation which attack life and family.  In a meeting with Belgian Bishops Saturday the Pope spoke of the “worrisome” legislation.  He encouraged the bishops to speak out on such matters saying, “It is important that the pastors always make their voices heard to reaffirm the Christian vision of life and, in this circumstance, to mark their disapproval, because these legislative changes . . . call into question natural law, the concept of human rights and, more deeply still, the design of human nature.”  See the Pope’s address to the Belgian Bishops (in French)   See the Expatica coverage of the Euthanasia stats:


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