According to the RTE (Regional Compassionate Review Committees), there were exactly 6,938 euthanasia in the Netherlands last year. It says Increase 9 percent compared to the previous year. RTE CEO Geron Ricord said in an interview with Dutch daily Drew that he was not surprised by the data. – More and more generations are looking at euthanasia as the solution to the problem of unbearable suffering. Record says the idea that euthanasia is an acceptable choice in a situation of great distress brings peace of mind to many.
In four cases, victims of SARS-CoV-2 decided to commit euthanasia. “These people became seriously ill with the epidemic,” Ricord told Drew. They developed pneumonia and refused intensive care. In other cases, very vulnerable people were placed in rehabilitation centers, he adds.
The RTE CEO concludes that dying from COVID-19 is horrific and that “most of these people wanted to avoid it.”
Mercy in the Netherlands
Euthanasia has been legal in the Netherlands since 2002 under certain conditions. Initially, if the patient cannot bear the pain, the patient’s condition does not show any improvement, or it can be done if the patient clearly expresses a desire to die. Over the years, the set of reasons for euthanasia has increased. Currently, “mental or psychiatric disorders” such as “loss of ability to function independently or loneliness” are considered sufficient criteria to implement it.
In October 2020, the Dutch government announced a bill that would allow children to be euthanized with parental consent. A solution that allows people who are “tired in life” to be euthanized is also being considered.
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