Euthanasia in the Netherlands increases
Yet again euthanasia reports have increased. In 2017, the reported number of people people euthanised, was 6585. A figure that may shock some of you! Unfortunately, the regional testing commission thinks that this will rise. However, most of the individuals euthanised were very old, and therefore opted to die in dignity.
Euthanasia in the Netherlands is treated very seriously and is only used if really necessary. Especially in cases of terminal cancer and dementia.
Euthanasia in the Netherlands is done by lethal injection, only administered by a trained physician. It is only legal if they have stuck to guidelines and if it isn’t then the physician is criminally liable for the death of the patient. So it can be a dodgy line to walk. The Netherlands was one of the first nations in the world to legalise euthanasia and the law has been in effect since 2002.
I come from a country where euthanasia will probably never be legalised. I don’t agree with this. It’s pretty frowned upon though, despite campaigns. There is a fear that this be will exploited and people will be euthanised against their free-will. Do you think this is a fair assumption or should we go more Dutch?
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