Euthanasia in the Netherlands: a slippery slope?

By Brigit Toebes, Academic Director, Global Health Law Groningen Research Centre

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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