Netherlands Supreme Court: Dementia patients can be euthanized against their will

How “progressive” and humane of The Netherlands . . . .

In 2001, The Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize euthanasia, euphemistically called “assisted suicide”. Since the legalization, Netherlands has been on a slippery slope, with ever-expanding euthanasia laws.

Sixteen years later, by 2017, euthanasia had become a common way to die, accounting for 4.5% of deaths in The Netherlands, increasingly from people who weren’t terminally ill. (CBS News)

Bridget Sielicki reports for Live Action News that on April 21, 2020, a Dutch Supreme court ruling now enables doctors to euthanize a dementia patient provided the patient has submitted a written request in advance, and even if the patient later changes his/her mind.

The Dutch Supreme Court said in a statement:

“A doctor may respond to a written request for granting euthanasia to people with advanced dementia. In such a situation, all legal requirements for euthanasia must be met, including the requirement that there is hopeless and unbearable suffering. The doctor is then not punishable. Even if it is clear that the request is intended for the situation of advanced dementia, and that situation is reached so that the patient is no longer able to form and express a will, there can be circumstances where no follow-up on the request is possible.”

The Dutch court’s ruling follows a landmark court case in which a doctor euthanized a woman with a severe case with dementia. The woman had written an advanced directive requesting euthanasia should she be placed in a nursing home and she felt the time was “right.” Although the woman later wavered and refused to give her consent to be euthanized, her doctor went ahead with killing her, as she was held down by her family members. The doctor was acquitted of murder following a trial.

Cardinal William Eijk, president of the Bishops’ Conference of the Netherlands, decried the court’s latest ruling saying it. He told Catholic News Service the ruling will make easier for doctors to take the lives of their most vulnerable patients, and put more pressure on doctors to commit euthanasia:

“One may fear that the Supreme Court’s judgment, though making physicians perhaps more uncertain in performing euthanasia in patients with advanced dementia, will not lead in general to a decrease of the number of cases of euthanasia and medically assisted suicide. Physicians of nursing homes therefore fear that they will be put under pressure by patients with dementia and their relatives to perform euthanasia as a consequence of the Supreme Court’s judgment.”

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DCG
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DCG
5 months ago

“… her doctor went ahead with killing her, as she was held down by her family members.”

How frightening. And sad.

Lana
Lana
5 months ago

I found out about the Netherlands some time ago on a documentary on EWTN. That was probably 5 years ago at least and I remember the priest talking about being called to give last rites at night and then learning that the patient had been euthanized by the next morning without consent as I recall. The whole thing is so grotesque and evil. I can’t believe people cannot see the bigger picture here whether they believe in God or not. Murder is murder and they have become numb to it.

CalGirl
CalGirl
5 months ago

What are they smoking there?

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
5 months ago

Now that they’ve opened that can-o-worms,how can they control it. If every decision-maker pushes the limits just a wee little bit,it starts the ball rolling. Soon they’ll be able to off anyone for ANY reason. Wrong hair color? You’re dead…..

CalGirl
CalGirl
5 months ago
Reply to  truckjunkie

thus…the “slippery slope” of legislative legend.

Kelleigh Nelson
Kelleigh Nelson
5 months ago

Oh yes, God said, Choose Life, but satan loves the fact that so many choose to kill infants in their mothers’ wombs and those at the end of life. What we have become must make the Lord weep.

Eckbach
Eckbach
5 months ago

The once Christian nation of Nederland has too long been surrounded by the anti-Christ Jewish Hexagram cultural Marxists. Greatly aided by deluded Christians.
“Those which ye let remain of them (yashab) shall be pricks in your eyes and thorns in your side and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell.” Numbers 33:55
“Moreover, I will do to you what I thought to do to them.” Numbers 33:56

Goldbug
Goldbug
5 months ago

Nancy will likely slip euthanasia into one of her 1,700-page Dhimmicrat goody bills to get those nursing home residents missed by the virus.

CalGirl
CalGirl
5 months ago
Reply to  Goldbug

So funny you should mention Nancy b/c just the moment I was clicking to see your comment on this topic, I was thinking that, maybe it’s not such a bad deal after all IF we can volunteer our trembling, marginal, vapid elderly career politicians to go first.

Jackie Puppet
5 months ago
Reply to  CalGirl

And we all know that Nancy is much more demented than most politicians!

Leonard
Leonard
5 months ago
Reply to  Goldbug

I wonder what a leftist would think if they were at the receiving end of their policies?

txfella
txfella
5 months ago

Too late Holland. You’re “progressive”now………..

CalGirl
CalGirl
5 months ago
Reply to  txfella

Thank you txfella—during WWII, Holland saved almost ALL of their Jews from the Nazis. It is legend. Wouldn’t/ couldn’t happen today. Today’s residents of Holland are lethargic with entitlements/socialism to the point of routinely killing in the womb and granny at the back end…and, like the rest of us, are enticed with day after day “free stuff” from our state houses …. federal houses…..If ever there was a State that sank from greatness into mediocrity or below…this is the shining example. So Sorry.

Blather
Blather
5 months ago

What about the mentally ill like Demoncraps and the left running Europe to the ground?

Leonard
Leonard
5 months ago

Follow the money: Less time in a nursing home means more assets that will pay our or less debt to pay……