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Mobile euthanasia units started in the Netherlands

by | Mar 3, 2012

By Alex Schadenberg, executive editor
Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Recently there has been a series of articles claiming that the euthanasia experiment in the Netherlands is fine and good. No problems, stop worrying.

It doesn’t matter that the euthanasia rate continues to climb, where last year there was 3,136 reported euthanasia deaths (a 19% increase) with another 20% likely being unreported.

It doesn’t matter that the euthanasia deaths do not include the number of deaths without explicit request or consent, approximately 550 per year or the number of euthanasia deaths of newborns with disabilities.

It doesn’t matter that euthanasia is being done to people with chronic depression or mental pain and even a reported case of euthanasia for macular degeneration. (See www.alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2012/02/mobile-euthanasia-units-are-planning-to.html.)

The message is simple, don’t worry, be happy, go ahead and legalize euthanasia in your country.

Two recent one-sided false studies by pro-euthanasia researchers have stated that there is no fear of a slippery slope. Too bad these studies were stacked with pro-euthanasia researchers who didn’t bother seeking a balanced approach. The first one was released by the Royal Society of Canada and the second by Dying in Dignity in the UK under the leadership of Lord Falconer.

Today [Thursday], the Netherlands euthanasia lobby (NVVE) launched six mobile euthanasia teams and a euthanasia clinic to provide an estimated 1,000 euthanasia deaths to people who were either turned down by their doctor, or who are disabled and/or frail elderly and lacking mobility.

Even the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) which supports euthanasia is not comfortable with the mobile death teams. The Courier Mail (Australia) reported that:

But the (KNMG), which represents 53,000 doctors and medical students in the Netherlands, said it was skeptical whether Life-end clinic doctors could form a close-enough relationship with a patient to decide whether an assisted suicide should be done.

“We are not against euthanasia if there is no other alternative,” KNMG policy advisor Eric van Wijlick said.

“But euthanasia is a complicated process. It comes from the long-time treatment of a patient based on a relationship of trust.

“A holistic view of the patient’s treatment needs to be taken, including whether another alternative to euthanasia exists.

“We have serious doubts whether this can be done by a doctor who is only focused on performing euthanasia.”

We agree, we have serious doubts that a doctor who is only focused on performing euthanasia will actually follow the loose, but often referred to as strict, criteria. We are particularly concerned with the ability to protect someone from elder abuse, which is difficult to identify and a growing problem in society.

It is interesting that the Guardian (UK) stated:

“The teams would be limited to one house visit a week to minimize the psychological burden on them.”

It looks like the euthanasia lobby recognizes that there is a human cost to killing.

Editor’s note. This appears on Alex’s fine blog at http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.com/2012/03/mobile-euthanasia-units-started-in.html

Categories: Assisted Suicide