Euthanasia in the Netherlands: a slippery slope?

By Brigit Toebes, Academic Director, Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre
b.c.a.toebes@rug.nl

The Dutch euthanasia legislation has been lauded as well as criticized by legal scholars and physicians in the Netherlands and abroad. The legal framework so established is renowned for setting a number of valuable due-care criteria for the physician to follow when performing euthanasia on a patient. However, is the Dutch approach traveling down a slippery slope now that euthanasia is increasingly performed on patients suffering from dementia and on patients with chronic psychiatric conditions?

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