Sex abuse victim in her 20s allowed to choose euthanasia in Holland

May 11, 2016 by

by Steve Doughty, Mailonline: A former victim of child sex abuse has ended her life under Dutch euthanasia laws because she could not live with her mental suffering. The woman, in her twenties, was given a lethal injection after doctors and psychiatrists decided that her post-traumatic stress disorder and other conditions were incurable. It went ahead despite improvements in the woman’s psychological condition after ‘intensive therapy’ two years ago, and even though doctors...

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Dutch euthanasia deaths up again in 2015: jumped 50% in five years

May 6, 2016 by

by Jeanne Smits, LifeSite: Euthanasia statistics for 2015 have been released in the Netherlands, showing a significant increase of 4 percent as compared with 2014. The rise is mainly due to the increase of euthanasia for demented, elderly people as well as psychiatric patients, two categories that raise even more questions than “ordinary” euthanasia for untreatable physical pain. In 2015, 109 demented persons (against 81 in 2014) were killed while still “mentally competent” enough to express...

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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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