Dutch Lawmaker Wants Assisted Suicide Extended to Elderly Who Have ‘Had Enough’ of Life
(Christian Today) — A Dutch lawmaker is preparing to make a fresh push in parliament to radically extend the Netherlands’ assisted suicide laws to older people who feel they have “had enough” of life.
Pia Dijkstra, a member of the Democrats 66 party, wants to introduce legislation to the Dutch parliament early next year that will extend the option of assisted dying to the elderly, Dutch News reports.
Assisted suicide has been legal in the Netherlands since 2002, making it the first European country to decriminalize the practice.
It was originally intended only for people in “hopeless and unbearable suffering” as a result of a medical condition, with no prospect of further treatment bringing about an improvement.
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