Daily Mail 14 September 2020
Family First Comment: Dr Bert Keizer, one of his country’s most prominent practitioners of euthanasia, said that the type of patients whose lives are ended in the Netherlands has spread far beyond the terminally ill and now includes physically and mentally healthy old people who ‘find that their life no longer has content’.
A champion of the Dutch euthanasia system has admitted that British critics are right to warn that assisted dying is a slippery slope to ‘random killing of the defenceless’.
Dr Bert Keizer said that the type of patients whose lives are ended in the Netherlands has spread far beyond the terminally ill and now includes physically and mentally healthy old people who ‘find that their life no longer has content’.
Dr Keizer, one of his country’s most prominent practitioners of euthanasia, said that, in future, assisted dying in the Netherlands is likely to be extended to prisoners serving life sentences ‘who desperately long for death’ and disabled children whose parents believe their suffering is hopeless.
He said that after assisted dying was legalised in the Netherlands in 2002 ‘what our British colleagues had predicted years earlier, with unconcealed complacency, happened: those who embark on euthanasia venture down a slippery slope along which you irrevocably slide down to the random killing of defenceless sick people’.
Dr Keizer added: ‘Every time a line was drawn, it was also pushed back.’
His view, set out in the Dutch Medical Association Journal, amounts to a warning to British right-to-die campaigners.
They have pressed in Parliament for a law to allow doctors to prescribe deadly drugs only to terminally ill patients and in recent weeks have revived their attempts.
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“But it won’t happen to me! Will it?” Or “It’s a long way off! Why would I worry about that?”
So the story of gradualism continues with many even saying since the landslide, “Oh Jacinda is a moderate and the new government has more things to concern itself with than pot and euthanasia.” Really? With Mr. Little in the driving seat, I say “Lock up granny!”
So I trust the new government………. to do exactly what they have been doing but with a freer hand!