Luxembourg became on Tuesday the third European country
to legalise euthanasia after the Netherlands and Belgium, as a new law
went into force.
A law published in the official register said that doctors who carry
out euthanasia and assisted suicides would not face “penal sanctions”
or civil suits for damages and interest.
The law was the source of great controversy in the tiny country
where the head of state, deeply catholic Grand Duke Henri, refused to
sign off on the bill, triggering a constitutional crisis.
To get around his refusal and avoid such problems in the future,
Luxembourg’s parliament voted for legislation to give the monarch a
purely ceremonial role.
So that’s two dangerous precedents: Give people the right and
power to end life, and take from the monarch the rightful power to save
This is what happens when just enough people in office form a
consensus. It’s is what Pope Benedict referred to as the “tyranny of