Saturday, October 15, 2016

Netherlands Expanding Assisted Death To People Not Sick or Dying

The Dutch government has decided to expand their euthanasia law to include people who are not physically or psychologically sick but who believe that their “life is completed.”

.... Edith Schippers, the health minister, read a letter to the Dutch Parliament on Tuesday defending the measure. It is needed, she said, to address the needs of “older people who do not have the possibility to continue life in a meaningful way, who are struggling with the loss of independence and reduced mobility, and who have a sense of loneliness, partly because of the loss of loved ones, and who are burdened by general fatigue, deterioration and loss of personal dignity.”

The letter said that the government of Prime Minister Mark Rutte hoped to draft the law by the end of 2017 in consultation with doctors and ethicists.

. . . The Dutch government wants to adjust the Euthanasia Act so that people who aren’t sick, but feel that their life is completed, can end their lives with assisted suicide. This will only be allowed under “strict and rigorous criteria,” the government wrote to parliament. The majority of parliamentarians support the plan. . . . Read More

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