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Demented patients can be euthanized in Netherlands

by | Jan 11, 2016

By Michael Cook

Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post at bioedge.org.

Rutger Jan van der Gaag

Rutger Jan van der Gaag

Other news on the Dutch euthanasia front: the Dutch medical association, the KNMG, has declared that doctors should have the right to refuse to perform euthanasia. It is alarmed by news that the Dutch right-to-die association is lobbying for a “last wish pill” which would allow patients to kill themselves, although it would have to be prescribed by a doctor.

“Euthanasia is just one of the options, there must be room for consideration. Do we want the government to allow an end of life pill being available to everyone? How do we protect the vulnerable against pressure from the environment, against their own impulsive acts?” said Rutger Jan van der Gaag, chairman of the KNMG.

“The doctor is now at least an important safety valve which ensures that reasonable alternatives can not be overlooked and euthanasia resources are not misused … it never becomes ‘you ask, we inject’.”

Categories: Euthanasia