Dutch group calls for easing euthanasia

7th April 2008, Comments 0 comments

The group wants criteria to be eased and include a broader group of patients.

7 April 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - A Dutch Right-to-Die group is calling for euthanasia criteria to be eased.

Currently, euthanasia may only be carried out in cases of incurable diseases and unbearable suffering. The group wants some Alzheimer patients also to be eligible. Current law does not recognise assisted suicide requests by Alzheimer patients.

Doctors argue that it is impossible to know if terminally ill patients are suffering unbearably as they are no longer able to verbalise their feelings.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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