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Doctors and Hospital Boards are increasingly winning Court battles that give them the right to withdraw and withhold treatment from disabled and terminally ill patients. Those opposed to EAS believe that this is happening for economic reasons. Individual autonomy has increasingly given way to decision-making by health care professionals and bioethicists, whose "futile care theory" measures the value of human life according to the financial cost of keeping the individual alive. In Holland where euthanasia is legal many people now carry anti-euthanasia passports' because they are afraid they may be killed if admitted to hospital.
According to the first official government study on the practice of euthanasia in the Netherlands in 1990: 1,040 people (an average of three per day) were actively killed by doctors without the patients’ knowledge or consent. Since then, the killing of nonconsenting adults has been on the rise and expanded to include competent people with incurable illness or disabilities, patients who are not physically ill but depressed and desire to commit suicide, and incompetent people with such illness as Alzheimer’s because “they would have asked for it if they were competent.”
The Hague -- Euthanasia in The Netherlands is "beyond effective control", according to a report which shows that one in five assisted suicides is without explicit consent.
The Dutch courts and the Royal Dutch Medical Association KNMG established guidelines for physicians to follow in selecting patients for either assisted suicide or euthanasia: (1) voluntariness - patients request must be freely made, well-considered and persistent (2) unbearable suffering - patients suffering cannot be relieved by any other means, and (3) consultation - the attending physicians should consult with a colleague. If these guidelines were followed physicians would not be prosecuted. According to Dr. Herbert Hendin, American author of, "Seduced by Death", even these broad guidelines have been largely ignored, to the point were the doctors who help set euthanasia guidelines will privately admit that euthanasia in the Netherlands is basically out of control.
The world’s first mobile team to administer euthanasia in patients’ homes will be launched next month.
Units will be dispatched when family doctors refuse to administer lethal drugs on ‘ethical’ grounds.
Last year a total of 2,636 Dutch people were killed by euthanasia..
This compares to 2,331 reported deaths by euthanasia in 2008, which saw a 10 per cent rise on 2007.
In 2003, the year after Holland became the first country in the world to legalise the practice since the fall of Nazi Germany, there were 1,815 reported cases.
FIRST, Dutch euthanasia advocates said that patient killing will be limited to the competent, terminally ill who ask for it. Then, when doctors began euthanizing patients who clearly were not terminally ill, sweat not, they soothed: medicalized killing will be limited to competent people with incurable illnesses or disabilities. Then, when doctors began killing patients who were depressed but not physically ill, not to worry, they told us: only competent depressed people whose desire to commit suicide is "rational" will have their deaths facilitated. Then, when doctors began killing incompetent people, such as those with Alzheimer's, it's all under control, they crooned: non-voluntary killing will be limited to patients who would have asked for it if they were competent.
And now they want to euthanize children.
Prior to publishing the study results, the KNMG polled its members online. More than 68 percent agreed with the statement that doctors should be “permitted to factor in vulnerability, loss of function, confinement to bed, loneliness, humiliation and loss of dignity” when determining whether a patient is a good candidate for euthanasia.
Only 45 percent agreed that “a medically classifiable condition is a prerequisite for performing euthanasia or assisted suicide.”
Contrary to what is generally assumed, the Euthanasia Law includes
provisions permitting assisted suicide for patients with psychiatric
conditions and dementia. The assessment of these groups of patients
must pay particular attention to the patients’ competence and the
considerations prompting the request. It is generally advisable to carry
out more than one consultation (multidisciplinary, where necessary).
Originally posted by lordtyp0
Santorum tells ridiculous lies about everything. The frightening part is he is a Dominionist and as such literally feels that anything justifies his grab for power in an effort to do his view on "Gods work".
He wont get in the white house though. People enjoy seeing whackos on TV but they are not so stupid as to give nukes to them.
Originally posted by Malcher
This thread is the first time i read bout this. Did a search and went to page 10 of the results.
Found this article from 2004. Seems this comes from a book.
Doctors in the Netherlands are also renowned for withholding treatment from psychiatric patients and the elderly. It is no secret that the elderly often avoid hospitalization for fear they will be put to death. In response to this trend, thousands of Dutch people carry papers or where bracelets that say “do not euthanize me.”
There may be some truth to it.
How would we know if it was or was not true?
Do they Euthanize old people?
Originally posted by ThirdEyeofHorus
reply to post by Hyaena
The same reason the liberal left "allows" Dennis Kucinich to parade around with his radical ideas, or Bernie Sanders the socialist, or Maxine Watters the Democrat liberal who said openly she wanta to socialize the oil industry.