Citizens' Initiative triggers debate sometime in 2017.
'a fundamental inversion of our mission and duty as psychiatrist'
On December 13, the government announced that it was initiating studies onto 'requests by mature minors, advance requests, and requests where mental illness is the sole underlying medical condition.'
The Oregon assisted suicide data demonstrates that people who were not actually terminal received lethal prescriptions in all 18 reported years except the first, and that there is little or no substantive protection against coercion and abuse. Moreover, reasons for requesting assisted suicide that sound like a “cry for help” with disability-related concerns are apparently ignored.
"Once a law has been established it will create its own demand, it will create its own dynamics; which means that, in The Netherlands, at this moment, there is still an enormous pressure to liberalise further."
The real question legislators need to consider is this: should the state sanction the active killing of terminally ill patients by their doctors? We do ourselves a disservice to pretend euthanasia is anything other than this.
Liz Carr tackles assisted suicide with new musical - a 'Ted Talk with show tunes'!