The hard cases at the extremes help move the already porous and entirely arbitrary dividing line along the spectrum just that little bit more.
If everything is above board, if there are no problems, if there are no abuses, surely there is a robust defence of the Dutch euthanasia laws from within the polity and the public that can stand such scrutiny?
It must surely be amongst the very last things that a society would want to have to someone like Nitschke telling suicidal people that their desire for death is 'rational'.
"We should end the focus on the media frenzy about euthanasia and PAS as if it were the panacea to improving end-of-life care."
"These are public policy decisions that end up sacrificing the lives of old, ill and disabled people."
This is a very sad story. It is also a very clear warning.
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