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Dutch propose mobile euthanasia teams

2011-11-16 21:44

Amsterdam - The main Dutch euthanasia advocacy group says it supports creating "mobile" euthanasia teams of doctors for terminally ill patients who want to die in their own homes, rather than in a hospital.

The Netherlands legalised euthanasia in 2001 in cases where patients are suffering unbearable pain due to illness with no hope of recovery.

Spokesperson Walburg de Jong of The Right To Die said on Wednesday the idea is a logical extension of its plan - not approved by the government - to create a clinic for patients who meet the criteria for euthanasia but whose doctors are unwilling to carry it out.

The number of reported euthanasia cases in the Netherlands rose 19% in 2010 to 3 136. A parliamentary-appointed commission is reviewing current policy.

Comments
  • Mark - 2011-11-16 21:57

    Death comes knocking at your door. A horrible thought, but I am sure a preferable way to die for those poor terminally-ill people, wasting away without any shred of hope.

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-11-16 22:18

    Interesting idea. Why not. I am not sure I could go through with something like that, but then I am the kind who is too nosey to die and also don't suffer from the pain of terminal illness. Whatever a person wants with their own body should be their right.

  • Fred - 2011-11-17 05:23

    Well applaud the progressive Dutch. Everyone has absolute right over their own lives, to sign a living will (If terminally ill and unconscious then remove life support) or , if terminally ill, to ask for their lives to be terminated.

  • Mabel - 2011-11-17 08:26

    Euthenasia is murder. To take anyone's life is murder, whether with or without their permission. The moral code of life is in the Bible, Koran, etc. I live a life of chronic illness, disability and horrific pain but no one has the right to take my life. If I have to bear this pain I'll do so until the Lord decides it is my time to go. Euthenasia leads to abuse where in a moment of weakness family persuade someone to go for it and then they inherit the money and property that is owned. Mankind murders, rapes and brutalises people every day so why is it the goodness of man that pushes the idea of your death and relief from pain that is the answer for you. Like everything else in the world it is going to be abused beyond belief, especially in the case of those who are property owners and who have a big bank balance.

      Fred - 2011-11-17 08:44

      Here we go again. I wondered how long it would be before a sky fairy believer would make a comment such as yours. Perhaps you can explain what you mean by "The moral code of life is in the Bible, Koran, etc" Are these the morals of pastor ray, the pope, jeffrey dahmer, Hitler, Benny Hinn, Hansie Cronje or a pedophile prophet who has sex with a 9 year old child? If you do not want to sign a living will, then don't. If you are happy to die writhing in pain covered with you own excrement, then don't (my mother died like that). You believe what you want but you have absoluteley no right to try and impose your nonsensical beliefs in gods, zombies, angels, demons and talking donkeys and snakes on the rest of society.

      Truthis - 2011-11-17 09:26

      You should read Leviticus for more examples of how God expects you to live your life.

      Fred - 2011-11-17 09:46

      @Truthis Oh I have - but I presume that you ignore the more nasty bits. And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him. Leviticus 24:16 If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death. (Leviticus 20:10 NLT) If even then you remain hostile toward me and refuse to obey, I will inflict you with seven more disasters for your sins. I will release wild animals that will kill your children and destroy your cattle, so your numbers will dwindle and your roads will be deserted. (Leviticus 26:21-22 NLT) When a woman has her regular flow of blood, the impurity of her monthly period will last seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean till evening. Anything she lies on during her period will be unclean, and anything she sits on will be unclean. Whoever touches her bed must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean till evening. Whoever touches anything she sits on must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean till evening. Whether it is the bed or anything she was sitting on, when anyone touches it, he will be unclean till evening. - [Leviticus 15:19-20]

      Fred - 2011-11-17 09:53

      @Truthis Actually I fond some of the other books far more entertaining As you approach a town to attack it, first offer its people terms for peace. If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you in forced labor. But if they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town. When the LORD your God hands it over to you, kill every man in the town. But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder. You may enjoy the spoils of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you. (Deuteronomy 20:10-14) "Then I heard the LORD say to the other men, "Follow him through the city and kill everyone whose forehead is not marked. Show no mercy; have no pity! Kill them all – old and young, girls and women and little children. But do not touch anyone with the mark. Begin your task right here at the Temple." So they began by killing the seventy leaders. "Defile the Temple!" the LORD commanded. "Fill its courtyards with the bodies of those you kill! Go!" So they went throughout the city and did as they were told." (Ezekiel 9:5-7 NLT)

      AntiThesis - 2011-11-17 10:02

      Fred stop you are scaring the children!

  • Val - 2012-03-14 09:22

    Everyone has the right to chose for themselves. I dont want to die in my own faeces, be bedridden and rely on other people to look after me. If I were suffering this scenario, I would want to be euthenased!!!! Mabel, I dont want to criticise your beliefs but the Bible is so hypocritical and self-serving, it is filled with incest and murder so if your beliefs are those, thats your choice! Let us make our own!

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