Dutch doctor will not be prosecuted for euthanasia of semi-conscious woman

The doctor has been cleared of a breach of care, despite not obtaining proper consent. There has not been a single prosecution to date By SPUC—The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children In news that demonstrates how little so-called safeguards in euthanasia regimes do to protect the most vulnerable, prosecutors in the Netherlands have …

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New Dutch Statistics Show Euthanasia is out of control in the Netherlands

By Alex Schadenberg, executive director Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The news today is that the number of reported euthanasia deaths in the Netherlands increased in 2011 by 18% to 3,695 and that there were 13 reported euthanasia deaths for psychiatric reasons, up from two in 2010. Euthanasia for psychiatric patients in the Netherlands will likely increase …

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Dutch activist found guilty of assisting a suicide

By Michael Cook In the latest installment of a long-running case, the former head of the Dutch Voluntary Life Foundation (Stichting Vrijwillig Leven) has been found guilty of assisting in a suicide. Although euthanasia and assisted suicide are legal in the Netherlands, there are some conditions and Gerard Schellekens, now 75, breached them when he …

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Dutch Reporters Miss Stories on “Do Not Euthanize Me” Cards

By Wesley J. Smith I have received some comment from correspondents claiming to be Dutch and reporters, contesting my article yesterday that describes some of the Dutch euthanasia horrors.  They don’t claim I am wrong that about 1% of Dutch deaths are “termination without request or consent,” e.g., non voluntary euthanasia.  They don’t deny that …

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Does Dutch Euthanasia for Patients with Dementia Expose a Threat to U.S. Patients?

Jennifer Popik, J.D. Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics By Jennifer Popik, JD, Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics   Reports coming out of the Netherlands add to mounting evidence that physician-assisted suicide, over time, leads to the nonvoluntary euthanizing of patients—patients who neither requested nor authorized their deaths. (www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2011/11/what%e2%80%99s-%e2%80%9cchoice%e2%80%9d-got-to-do-with-dutch-euthanasia; www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/news/2011/10/applauding-suicide-for-the-mentally-ill) In a recent article appearing in …

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Half of Dutch GP’s have felt pressured by relatives to euthanize a patient

Editor’s note. This appears on the fine blog of Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. An article in today’s DutchNews.nl reports that nearly half of the GP’s in the Netherlands have felt pressured by relatives to lethally inject a patient while 20% are willing to euthanize a person who is simply “Tired …

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