Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What happened in the Netherlands can happen next in Canada

Dr. William Reichel, affiliated scholar, Center for Clinical Bioethics at the Georgetown University School of Medicine, Timonium, Md., had a letter published in Canada's National Post today. I have reprinted his letter.

What happened in the Netherlands can happen next in Canada

I have studied assisted suicide in the Netherlands since 1988. At first there was no law against assisted suicide. When there was a law, doctors were supposed to obtain the patient's consent but they did not, often performing euthanasia when they thought the patient would benefit. The doctor was supposed to get a second opinion from a colleague but often did not. The doctor was supposed to report the assisted suicide to the government but often did not.

What happened to the Netherlands can happen next in Canada.

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