Human Exceptionalism

The Bottomless Pit of Dutch Euthanasia

Not content with doctors killing the terminally ill, people with disabilities, the chronically ill, the depressed, and babies born with disabilities–not to mention the seriously ill who did not ask to be killed–the Dutch Parliament will now debate allowing doctors to euthanize the elderly who want to die. From the story:

Elderly people who “are finished with life” should be able to get help to die, Femke Halsema, leader of the left wing GroenLinks party, says in Wednesday’s Volkskrant. Halsema plans to raise the issue during todays parliamentary debate on euthanasia law, which currently only applies to people with terminal illnesses.

A poll by TV programme Rondom 10 at the beginning of March showed 63% believe that old people should have the right to assisted suicide.

The media can’t even get this brief story right. There is absolutely no restriction in Dutch euthanasia law to the terminally ill. Do they do it on purpose or are they just plain ignorant?

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

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