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The number of people opting to die by euthanasia [in the Netherlands] rose by 13% last year to 4,188, according to the five regional committees charged with ensuring the legal conditions for assisted suicide are met. Euthanasia requests have risen steadily since 2006 when 1,923 people applied for assisted suicide. Researchers have been unable to […]

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A new position paper just published by the Dutch Physicians Association (KNMG) says unbearable and lasting suffering should not be the only criteria physicians consider when a patient requests euthanasia. The KNMG says the new guidelines will clarify the responsibilities, possibilities and limitations that physicians have within the regulations of the 2002 euthanasia law (Termination […]

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Dutch people over 70 years of age who feel tired of life should have the right to professional help in ending it, a citizens’ initiative in the Netherlands calling itself “Out of Free Will” demands. It will start collecting signatures in support of this proposed change in Dutch legislation, hoping to place the matter firmly […]

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In 2008 the Dutch controlling committees received 2331 declarations of which 2146 were cases of euthanasia, 152 cases of assisted suicide and 33 cases of a combination of the two.

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Euthanasia still a taboo for mental patients – even in the Netherlands “People suffering from an incurable mental disease have the same legal right to euthanasia as physically terminally ill patients in the Netherlands, but they almost never get it.” Practitioners reviewed the situation of mental patients and euthanasia at a symposium organized by the […]

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Liberty and Death A manifesto concerning an individual’s right to choose to die In a spirit of compassion for all, this manifesto proclaims that every competent adult has the incontestable right to humankind’s ultimate civil and personal liberty –- the right to die in a manner and at a time of their own choosing. Whereas […]

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Terminally-ill patients in the Netherlands increasingly receive drugs to render them unconscious until death, according to a study that suggests people are substituting deep sedation for legal euthanasia. The researchers found that 1,800 people — 7.1 percent of all deaths in the Netherlands in 2005 — were drugged into so-called continuous deep sedation shortly before […]

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