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Dutch Doctors Killed 431 Without Request in 2015

Euthanasia pretends to be about choice, but it ends up being about killing as an answer to human suffering — ask or not.

Since first permitted in the 1970s, the Netherlands has always had a problem with doctors killing patients who have not asked for euthanasia. Despite that being murder under the law, nothing substantial is ever done about it.

In 2015 doctors broke the euthanasia law continually. First, a huge chunk did not report their euthanasia killings. From the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition analysis:

According to the Netherlands 2015 official euthanasia report there were 5561 reported assisted deaths in 2015 and yet the data from the study indicates that there were 7254 assisted deaths in 2015. Therefore, there were 1693 unreported assisted deaths (approximately 23%) in 2015. 

That completely violates the vaunted “strict [not] protective guidelines.” But ho hum.

It gets worse. Doctors also committed what is known as ”termination without request or consent” with apparent impunity:

The 431 terminations of life without explicit request, was up from 310 in 2010.

This has been a problem in the supposedly open and transparent euthanasia practice of the Netherlands for decades.

Ditto the ongoing infanticide of terminally ill and seriously disabled babies, which is also against the law.

Here’s the thing: Guidelines exist to give false assurance, not to really protect against abuse. Once a society accepts euthanasia consciousness, guidelines cease to matter.

Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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