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  • Netherlands Parliament Legalizes Euthanasia
    patients the right to refuse life prolonging treatment In Oregon voters approved assisted suicide for the terminally ill in 1994 Since the law took affect in 1997 43 people have died in assisted suicides there The House of Representatives passed a pro life bill the Pain Relief Promotion Act in October that would restrict assisted suicides but it faces a possible veto In assisted suicides the patient administers a lethal dose of medication to himself or herself Under the new Dutch euthanasia law a doctor may give it directly to the patient Opponents in the Dutch parliament denounced the bill saying it challenges God s will by giving doctors the power to decide over life and death This a black day in the history of our Parliament said lawmaker Bas van der Vlies of the State Reform Party SGP We believe as Christians that our lives are not in our hands that we cannot ourselves decide We must wait for God s leadership The Vatican said the law was a sad record for Holland and spokesman Joaquin Navarro Valls said it violates human dignity The first problem this law poses is a very serious question of conscience which doctors will have to face up to Navarro Valls explained Again we are faced with a law of the state which opposes the natural law of human conscience He said the Dutch law went against international declarations on medical ethics that had been adopted for years by the medical community It s cheaper to kill people than to take care of them scoffed Lori Hougens of the Washington based National Right to Life Committee adding We are very very saddened by the law It could have a terrible impact around the world When you tell people it s OK it can change them she said In the United States the Denver based Hemlock Society said the Netherlands move was unlikely to help win legal approval for assisted suicide elsewhere But the president said it could have an impact on U S public opinion We are very excited said Faye Girsh We have admired what the people of Holland have been doing for the last 20 years They have been carefully and openly helping people to die Under the new Dutch law a patient must be undergoing unremitting and unbearable suffering be aware of all other medical options and have sought a second professional opinion The request must be made voluntarily persistently and independently But the bill does not stipulate that the patient s suffering must be physical and it also does not require the patient s disease be terminal Pro life advocates say these open up wide loopholes for abuse The Dutch vote was also condemned by Father Gino Concetti a senior moral theologian at the Vatican whose thinking is close to that of Pope John Paul Life is inviolable he explained So any law that destroys it or approves of its destruction is inhumane This is an absurd decision that goes

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/netherlands2000.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Dutch Considered Child Euthanasia Proposal
    12 and 16 against the wishes of their parents The government of Prime Minister Wim Kok has wavered over the issue first proposing the measure and then withdrawing it more than a year ago The ministers of health and justice resubmitted the proposal last week in what some analysts viewed as a ploy to win approval for other controversial provisions of the new legislation such as legalizing euthanasia for victims

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/child.html (2016-02-14)
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  • We Ignore the Dutch Legalization of Euthanasia at Our Own Peril
    doctor speaks with a colleague but never consults a psychiatrist or psychologist He then helps kill Henk on July 28 a date we are told which had symbolic importance for the patient This killing like those of the anorexic young woman and the bereaved mother was clearly not a matter of last resort as the guidelines claim to require Henk and his doctor did not explore all other options available to him before ending his life Indeed psychiatric treatment which might have alleviated Henk s obvious anxiety about being HIV positive was never even discussed or attempted Nor was Henk advised of the steps that could be taken to alleviate his suffering should he fall ill The doctor didn t even wait until Henk had actual symptoms of AIDS There is a word for that level of care abandonment and it demonstrates the utter hollowness of the Dutch protective guidelines The physician must have informed the patient about their situation and prospects This guideline presumes that the physicians involved will have sufficient expertise to adequately inform the patient about their condition and options for treatment or palliation But the Dutch medical system is unlike ours It is primarily made up of general practitioners rather than specialists who may not have the training expertise or desire to know the many treatment alternatives that may be available Moreover there are few hospices in the Netherlands meaning that the many compassionate and dignified methods of alleviating suffering in the dying may never be discussed with patients who ask to be killed A good example of this phenomenon is illustrated in the memoir Dancing with Mr D written by a Dutch nursing home doctor named Bert Keizer Keizer writes about a patient who had been tentatively diagnosed with lung cancer A relative tells Keizer that the man wants to be given a lethal injection a request later confirmed by the patient Keizer quickly agrees to perform the killing Demonstrating the utter uselessness of protective guidelines Keizer never tells his patient about treatment options that may be available or how the pain and other symptoms of cancer can be palliated effectively He never checks to see if the man has been pressured into wanting a hastened death or is depressed Indeed Keizer doesn t even take the time to confirm the diagnosis with certainty or to prepare a prognosis about the expected course of the disease When a colleague asks why rush and points out that the man isn t suffering terribly Keizer snaps Is it for us to answer this question All I know is that he wants to die more or less upright and that he doesn t want to crawl to his grave the way a dog crawls howling to the side walk after he s been hit by a car The next day he lethally injects his patient telling his colleagues as he walks to the man s room to do the deed If anyone so much as whispers cortisone a

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/nethcases.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Legalizing Euthanasia in Holland
    of the National Right to Life Committee The so called new restrictions are little consolation in a country whose justification for euthanasia has slipped inexorably from the terminally ill to the chronically ill to the mentally ill and most recently to those who have no mental pr physical illness at all Like previous regulations written by the Dutch Health Council the requirements of the new law include that the request be voluntary and well considered that the patient have a consultation with the physician and demonstrate unendurable suffering with a hopeless clinical outlook Yet under these very regulations euthanasia in the Netherlands has proved uncontainable On October 30th of this year a Haarlem court acquitted a general practitioner accused of assisting in the 1998 assisted suicide of an 86 year old man in perfect health Edward Brongersma was a former Dutch senator who no longer had relatives or friends to care for him and claimed to be suffering from life itself The court accepted this as legitimate grounds for death We know depression can be treated and pain can be controlled in virtually all circumstances Why then are we abandoning people at their most vulnerable time rather than offering them

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/nethlegal.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Euthanasia in the Netherlands
    his responsibility to help a patient whose irremediable suffering makes euthanasia necessary The Dutch courts and the Royal Dutch Medical Association KNMG established guidelines for physicians to follow in selecting patients for either assisted suicide or euthanasia 1 voluntariness patients request must be freely made well considered and persistent 2 unbearable suffering patients suffering cannot be relieved by any other means and 3 consultation the attending physicians should consult with a colleague If these guidelines were followed physicians would not be prosecuted According to Dr Herbert Hendin American author of Seduced by Death even these broad guidelines have been largely ignored to the point were the doctors who help set euthanasia guidelines will privately admit that euthanasia in the Netherlands is basically out of control Before 1991 it was difficult to obtain facts about the incidence of euthanasia in Holland because the KNMG had chosen a very narrow definition of the word The Dutch officially define euthanasia as the ending of the life of one person by another at the first person s request If life is ended without request as it often is it is not considered to be euthanasia and therefore official statistics have always been lower than actual numbers For example Dutch doctors for obvious reasons prefer not to use the term involuntary euthanasia but call it the more sanitized termination of the patient without explicit request Dr John Keown an English legal scholar has commented on this redefinition By narrowly defining euthanasia as referring only to active voluntary euthanasia rather than to all cases in which death is brought about on purpose as part of the medical care given to the patient the Dutch minimize the frequency with which death is intentionally accelerated by a doctor In 1991 in an effort to come to grips with the actual medical practice of euthanasia and assisted suicide the Dutch Government established a government commission headed by Professor Jan Remmelink to study the problem The Remmelink Report opened the eyes of both the people of the Netherlands and the world to the extent of the practice of euthanasia in Holland Remmelink found that 49 000 of the 130 000 deaths in the Netherlands each year were not natural but involved a medical decision at the end of life or MDEL 95 of these MDEL cases involve in equal numbers either withholding treatment discontinuing life support or the alleviation of pain and symptoms through medication that might hasten death This latter alleviating pain and symptoms category accounted for approx 20 000 deaths that had been hastened by a physicians decision Actual euthanasia using the official Dutch definition occurred in 2 300 cases or 2 of all Dutch deaths Dutch physicians helped 400 patients who requested suicide for either mental illness or discomfort to kill themselves in 1990 The alarming statistics of the Remmelink Report indicate that in thousands of cases decisions that might or were intended to end a fully competent patient s life were made without consulting the patient

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/netherlands.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Dutch Government To Legalize Euthanasia
    and a maximum 12 year jail term The plans should encourage activism by pro life opponents who have been lulled into a spiritual slumber a prominent anti euthanasia activist said A child of 12 can t make decisions about trivial things Bert Dorenbos leader of the largest Dutch pro life group Scream for Life said Tuesday Now he can decide about his own life or death It is totally absurd The government is creating a judicial monster Although 3 percent of all Dutch deaths 3 600 people each year are reported as euthanasia the actual number is believed to be double because many physicians fail to report cases Doctors carrying out euthanasia generally administer a lethal injection to their patients those assisting in suicides prescribe drug overdoses The proposed guidelines require the patient make a voluntary and informed request the patient be suffering irremediable and unbearable pain all other medical options be exhausted a second opinion be sought and the euthanasia be carefully carried out Physicians also must report each case to the coroner and to one of five regional panels made up of a lawyer a doctor and an ethics expert The panel can recommend prosecution if it believes the doctor has not followed the guidelines The new law also recognizes so called euthanasia declarations documents in which patients state they want euthanasia even if they are no longer in a position to ask for it themselves for example if they are in a coma The plans were given a guarded welcome by the Netherlands Association for Voluntary Euthanasia which includes Health Minister Els Borst among its 100 000 members The association sees it as a step in the right direction that after more than 25 years of discussions in society there will now be legislation governing death at

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/dutch99.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Involuntary Euthanasia is Out of Control in Holland
    they had dementia or were otherwise not competent But in 15 percent of cases the doctors avoided any discussion because they thought they were acting in the patient s best interests Michael Howitt Wilson of the Alert campaign against euthanasia said A lot of people in Holland are frightened to go into hospital because of this situation Dr Henk Jochensen of the Lindeboom Institute and Dr John Keown of Queens College Cambridge carried out the study They conclude The reality is that a clear majority of cases of euthanasia both with and without request go unreported and unchecked Dutch claims of effective regulation ring hollow Another study appearing in the journal shows that the legal assessments of cases reported to the public prosecution service in the Netherlands vary considerably Cases are reported to determine whether a doctor will be prosecuted for murder The study was carried out by Dr Jacqueline Cuperus Bosma of Vrije University in the Netherlands The paper concluded that there is a need for clear protocols Dr Peggy Norris chairwoman of the anti euthanasia group Alert said We need to learn from the Dutch system that euthanasia cannot be controlled I know of patients in a nursing

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/holland99.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Dutch Disaster With Physician-Assisted Suicide Is Proof That Euthanasia Cannot Be Regulated
    to kill patients Assisted suicide cannot be regulated or controlled no matter how many safeguards are built in to protect patients from involuntary euthanasia The data speaks for itself one in five cases of assisted suicide occurred in Holland without the patient s consent and in 17 percent of the cases other treatment options were available The survey also revealed that almost two thirds of the euthanasia cases in 1995

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/hollreg.html (2016-02-14)
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