Attention, Oregon gov. Retread: in Belgium, the death penalty is apparently not the death penalty if the inmate wants to be executed.
NEWSER) – Frank Van Den Bleeken, a Belgian man in prison for multiple rapes and a rape-murder, has decided he wants to die and authorities have decided they can grant that request. Van Den Bleeken, 50, has been in prison for nearly 30 years and has declined to seek parole because he believes his uncontrollable urges make him a danger to society, but he says he can no longer bear prison conditions and his own "unbearable psychic suffering," AFP reports.
He's soon to be transferred from prison to a hospital, where he will be euthanized.
Presumably, this will involve lethal injection, which raises the question of exactly how this procedure differs U.S. death penalty practices. It further raises the question of by what right the Oregon politician can pick and choose which laws he will choose to uphold, especially in a case wherein an inmate has specifically requested that he be euthanized. Which is it, governor?
As the governor insists that there is a right to die, and as he supports current physician-assisted suicide, his longstanding refusal to grant an Oregon inmate's request is not justifiable.