Dutch government funds study to consider child euthanasia

Apr 28, 2016 by

By Jeanne Smits, LifeSite: The Dutch minister for public health, Edith Schippers, has decided to award about 450,000 dollars of public money for scientific research on child euthanasia. She made the announcement last week in response to a request made in June 2015 by the Dutch Association of Pediatricians (NVK) asking for decriminalization of so-called “mercy-killing” of children aged between 1 and 12. Last Friday, Schippers told the Second Chamber of Parliament that she is presently of the...

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Hospital patients face new euthanasia threat

Apr 8, 2016 by

from SPUC: Vulnerable patients in British hospitals are being put at risk of euthanasia from new end-of-life pathways. A senior London doctor has brought it to SPUC’s attention that, despite assurances from the government that it would end the notorious ‘Liverpool Care Pathway’ – an end of life programme which sped up the deaths of many patients by removal of food and fluid – such programmes continue to run, but in a new guise. And these gruesome new death pathways are being...

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Everybody’s a winner when euthanasia combines with organ donation, say doctors

Apr 5, 2016 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet: Several Dutch and Belgian doctors have proposed legal reforms to increase the popularity of combining euthanasia and organ donation in the Netherlands and Belgium. Writing in the Journal of Medical Ethics, they report valuable unpublished information about the prevalence of the procedure. So far, it has been performed only about 40 times in the two countries. However, there is “a persisting discrepancy between the number of organ donors and the number of patients...

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The Netherlands is normalising euthanasia

Mar 30, 2016 by

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet: A former member of a euthanasia review board in the Netherlands has written a stinging attack on the policy he once formed part of. Dr Theo de Boer, professor of health care ethics at the Theological University in Kampen and associate professor of ethics at the Protestant Theological University in Groningen, speaks from a unique perspective. Not only was he involved in the adminstration of legalised euthanasia, he is also intimately familiar with arguments put...

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Belgian lawmakers to vote on world’s first death on demand law

Mar 16, 2016 by

By Steve Doughty, Mailonline: The world’s first ‘death on demand’ law is set to go before legislators in Belgium who have already ushered through an ultra-liberal euthanasia regime. The new rules would mean no doctor would be allowed to block the wishes of a patient who asked to die. The law – put forward by the country’s opposition socialist party – is thought to have a high chance of commanding support from a majority of parliamentarians. They come at a time when numbers dying each year...

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Crushing resistance, one clause at a time

Mar 7, 2016 by

By Paul Russell, MercatorNet: For those tempted to think that a euthanasia or assisted suicide law, once passed, is cast in stone, recent events in Belgium will make you think again. The statute been subject to continual re-interpretation since it was passed in 2002. Now euthanasia for psychological reasons is now taking place and the lower age limit has been removed to make children eligible for euthanasia. And more changes are coming. How does this happen? While the words of a statute may...

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