Friday, June 6, 2008

Long term priorities for the Dutch right to die lobby

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The NVVE (Dutch euthanasia lobby) are currently debating the long-term direction of the euthanasia movement in the Netherlands. Full legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide in the Netherlands is simply not enough for the euthanasia lobby. I have always stated that their final goal is to make the right to die - a human right.

The recent debate about the long-term future directions of the NVVE were published in the Relevant, which is the magazine of the NVVE.

Dr. Rob Jonquiére, the CEO of the NVVE explained that the NVVE has sought input from public meetings, experts and other organizations. From the consultations they identified several areas of concern.

The framework of their memorandum has been written in individual parts. They have identified the dilemma of euthanasia for people with dementia, assisted suicide in cases of chronic psychiatric suffering, and finally the possibility of legalizing the last-will-pill for those people who think that their life is complete.

The renewed objective of the NVVE is that everyone has the right to make their own decision about death. The questions of when, where and how are decisions that the individual should have the right to make. The spectrum of end-of-life decisions include stopping life-prolonging treatment to palliative sedation, from assisted suicide to euthanasia and everything in between.

The long-term goals of the NVVE will be implemented as projects that will be carried out by project managers who will build teams that will be composed of volunteers, committee members and experts.

They are hoping to establish priorities for approval by their 2009 meeting with full implementation by 2015.

The Right to Die lobby is busy establishing its priorities for the future. Are we ready to dispel their lies to the world?

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