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Dutch Shrinks Kill More Mentally Ill Patients

by | Oct 1, 2014


By Wesley J. Smith

euthanasiathreatDutch euthanasia rates keep rising, and the killable caste continues to expand. From, the story:

“There were 4,829 official cases of euthanasia in the Netherlands last year, an increase of 15% on 2012, according to the annual report of the regional monitoring committees…

“In total, there were 42 reports of people who underwent euthanasia because they suffered severe psychiatric problems, compared with 14 in 2012 and 13 in 2011.

“Dementia was the reason behind 97 cases, mainly early stage dementia in which patients were able to properly communicate their wish to die.”

And let’s not forget the elderly “tired of life,” experiencing social/financial difficulties, or living in a nursing home.

Then, after reporting the increased lethality and expanding categories, the story throws in the usual ridiculous bromide:

“Euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands under strict conditions.”

Ow! My stomach hurts from laughing so hard and so bitterly.

Hear me now or forget me later: Once a society determines that killing is an acceptable response to human suffering, there are virtually no limits to the kinds of suffering that qualify for killing.

Editor’s note. This appeared on Wesley’s great blog.

Categories: Euthanasia