Right-to-die group wants to liberalise Dutch euthanasia
A radical Dutch right-to-die group has challenged a ban on non-physicians helping people to die, claiming that it is a violation of European human rights law.
“We believe it should be possible to provide the means to be able to humanely end your own life,” Jos van Wijk of Cooperative Last Will (Coöperatie Laatste Wil) told a court.
Although the Dutch right-to-die law is notoriously liberal, even permissive, to foreigners, it does have guardrails. One is that only doctors may be involved in euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Cooperative Last Will contends that this violates the right to self-determination and respect for private life enshrined in the European convention on human rights.
Cooperative Last Will has been promoting “Substance X”, a suicide powder for several years. One of its members is currently being prosecuted for selling “Substance X” to at least 33 people, thereby breaking the law on assisted suicide.
A ruling on the current case should be handed down on December 14.
Belgian euthanasia chief explains 10% rise
Why are more people resorting to euthanasia in Belgium? The number of cases of euthanasia in Belgium rose by 9.85%...
Making Victorian euthanasia easier
The first legal euthanasia in the Australian state of Victoria took place on July 15, 2019. Almost four years later,...
Belgian women euthanised for extreme psychological suffering
Wherever euthanasia is debated, the clincher argument is that it will spare a patient agonising pain in a terminal illness....
Why are Canadian euthanasia deaths so high?
Euthanasia deaths in Canada have shot upwards. In 2015 there were none; in 2021, the last full year for which there...
Belgium euthanasia deaths rise by nearly 10%
The number of cases of euthanasia in Belgium rose by 9.85% over the previous year in 2022, according to figures...
Canada moves toward euthanasia for children
Canada is moving rapidly towards an even more permissive euthanasia regime. A report by the Special Joint Committee on Medical...