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Euthanasia on the rise in Holland: now being applied to patients with dementia

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LifeSite News Jun 27, 2011
Euthanasia is on the rise in the Netherlands, and it is taking an even uglier turn than many would have expected.
Cases of euthanasia have risen from 2,500 in 2009 to 2,700 in 2010; but even more shocking, last year 21 persons suffering from the early stages of dementia, but who were otherwise in good health, were euthanized.
All of these 21 “mercy killings” were subsequently approved by the official euthanasia follow-up commission.
This 2010 annual report on euthanasia has yet to be published, but key figures were released by the official news channel, NOS, last Saturday.
…Euthanasia in the Netherlands is only legal when the patient is sound of mind and capable of consistently expressing the death wish.
Once dementia has set in, it’s too late: even a living will made prior to the decline cannot be taken into account. The “solution” that is being proposed, therefore, is to step out of life before the disease runs its course.
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/euthanasia-on-the-rise-in-holland-now-being-applied-to-patients-with-dement