In 2001, after the practice of doctor-assisted euthanasia had been a de facto legal procedure in the Netherlands, the country codified it and became the first nation to legalized what was promised to be mercy killings for the terminally ill.
“This law will remove the uncertainty for patients and for doctors,” Health Minister Els Borst said at the time, according to the BBC. “But [assisted suicide] is and remains a last resort that cannot be seen as an alternative for poor health care.”
It didn’t work out like that. In 2017, the Netherlands showed an 8.1 percent increase in assisted deaths, which equaled out to 6,600 people euthanized. A last resort? Hardly.
“There were 32 more cases of assisted suicide involving people with dementia, most of whom were in the early stages of the disease,” DutchNews.nl reported in 2017.
“In addition, there were 60 cases involving people with severe psychiatric problems, a rise of four on 2015.”
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