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I supported our euthanasia law, but I was terribly wrong: Dutch ethicist

Posted by Joseph on 17 July, 2014

In 2001 The Netherlands was the first country in the world to legalize euthanasia and, along with it, assisted suicide. Various safeguards were put in place to show who should qualify and doctors acting in accordance with these safeguards would not be prosecuted. Because each case is unique, five regional review committees were installed to assess every case and to decide whether it complied with the law. For five years after the law became effective, such physician-induced deaths remained level – and even fell in some years. In 2007 I wrote that ‘there doesn’t need to be a slippery slope when it comes to euthanasia. A good euthanasia law, in combination with the euthanasia review procedure, provides the warrants for a stable and relatively low number of euthanasia.’ Most of my colleagues drew the same conclusion.

But we were wrong – terribly wrong, in fact.

continues: http://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/i-supported-our-euthanasia-law-but-i-was-terribly-wrong-dutch-ethicist?utm_source=LifeSiteNews.com+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=753c74bd3b-LifeSiteNews_com_Intl_Headlines_06_19_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0caba610ac-753c74bd3b-326196022

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