February 27, 2024

Dutch euthanasia activist jailed

Broke a rule which requires a doctor

A Dutch court has jailed the chairman
of an assisted suicide lobby group for 10 months, 8 of them
suspended, after he helped an 80-year-old woman to kill herself. The
woman died in November 2007 after taking pentobarbital, which
prosecutors said was supplied to her children by the lobbyist after
doctors refused to help her.

Her children helped to administer the
drug, but they were not charged. The lobbyist, who was not named in
court documents, had contravened the letter of the Dutch law which
only allows doctors to perform acts of euthanasia. Expatica,
May 30