May 28, 2024

Euthanasia in the Netherlands

Foreign observers might have the impression that it is always open season for euthanasia in the Netherlands. Not so. While the guidelines are elastic and subject to interpretation, they do exist and people violating them risk prosecution.

Two of this week’s stories reflect this. In one, police have arrested a man who, they said, was selling lethal medication for suicide; in the other, the euthanasia bureaucracy and the public prosecutor are fighting over who makes the rules: the bureaucrats or the government.

Michael Cook