Dutch Debate On Killing Dementia Patients

DUTCH DEBATE: WHEN CAN WE (LEGALLY) KILL DEMENTIA PATIENTS?

1 June (LPAC)–As befits the Dutch monarchy’s tradition, and role
in the Empire genocide push today, the Dutch government is
currently in intense discussion over how far it can go in
permitting euthanasia against dementia patients.
Holland was the first nation globally to legalize
euthanasia, despite its medical association’s previously heralded
role at resisting cooperation with the Nazi T4 program. After
nearly 2 decades of scandalous euthanasia cases, generally gone
unpunished by the courts, Holland passed the “Termination of Life
on Request and Assisted Suicide” act in April of 2002. The bill
set out conditions under which doctors could legally kill people,
or watch them commit suicide, generally on the basis of the claim
of “intolerable suffering.” Euthanasia was permitted for anyone
12 or over (parental approval was needed between ages 12 and 16).
The bill was, of course, signed by Her Majesty Queen
Beatrix, in order to go into law.
While advocates of the bill claim it simply codified what
was happening before, and led to no increases, a Lancet survey in
2012 documented a substantial increase in suicides year by
year–from 1626 in 2003 to 3696 in 2011. In addition, Lancet
noted a substantial additional number of assisted suicides going
unreported, and major categories of murder (assisted death) in
the form of deliberate overdoses, withdrawal of sustenance, and
deep sedation–of people not necessarily terminally ill.
The current Dutch debate concern a small percentage of the
target population, those with dementia. Currently the law calls
for implementing “advanced euthanasia directives” for dementia
patients, who can no longer express their wishes. The Medical
Association has become uncomfortable with this, according to
BMJ.com (Biomedical Journal) in an article May 30. They seek to
bring in a second opinion, before implementing the directive,
specifically a doctor who must see and {communicate with} the
patient.
The former health minister who put through the bill
disagrees, as do others, and the government have set up a
“working group” to study the matter.
The reality is that more and more people with early stages
of dementia are seeking euthanasia, and the rate almost doubled
(25 to 49) between 2010 and 2011.
The official story, of course, omits the reality that there
are many {involuntary} cases of euthanasia of those considered
“unworthy of life.”

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