Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Euthanasia for any and no reason in the Netherlands

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Radio Netherlands has reported that once again, euthanasia will be debated in late January in the Netherlands lower house. The euthanasia lobby is pushing for euthanasia to be prescribed for any and no reason.

The push to expand the availability of euthanasia has been going on for a long-time. In 2006, I attended the World Federation of Right to Die Societies conference where the then leader of Right to Die NL stated that their goal was to legalize euthanasia for people who are "tired of living."

Recently the euthanasia lobby in the Netherlands has also been pushing for mobile euthanasia teams to deliver death to people with disabilities. Does this mean that death is preferable to living with a disability?

Euthanasia was first accepted in the Netherlands for people who were terminally ill and suffering. Now euthanasia is done for people who are not terminally ill, who are experiencing depression, for newborns with disabilities, and possibly soon for any and no reason.

It should not surprise anyone that the number of euthanasia deaths continue to rise in the Netherlands with a 19% growth in euthanasia deaths in the past year alone.

Once death becomes the answer for one reason, there will soon be many more reasons to prescribe death. The logical conclusion is that once euthanasia becomes accepted, that death will be prescribed for any and no reason.

The answer is to say not to euthanasia.


Anonymous said...

I do not like the opinion of alex schadenberg. Try to understand those ones who are tired of living!! It should make it easier because those people are suffering and really tired of living! Why cant one just accept those sufferings? It would be also more happier for the surrounding that everyone who lives, has "chosen" to live.

Alex Schadenberg said...

Anonymous doesn't understand that the concept of letting doctors, or others, kill people by euthanasia has led to the devaluation of those who are dependent on others.

Therefore the concept of 'tired of living' is simply another level of killing, but this time it is based on the abandonment of certain members of society, simply because they are elderly or chronically ill.

Once society allows one citizen to kill another citizen then we are only left to debate who lives and who dies.