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Euthanasia still considered good option in Netherlands

Taken from the World Right-to-Die Newsletter issue no. 46, Januray 2005.

A physician was acquitted who administered sleeping drugs and morphine to a terminally ill patient and did not report it. He argued that it was Terminal Sedation (TS) and thus a “normal” medical decision and had nothing to do with euthanasia.

The NVVE is preparing the publication of a book in which experiences with euthanasia from the point of view of the patient/relatives will be described as a form of assessment /evaluation of the law. Expected publication date: January 2005.

A recent opinion poll of Dutch ­people’s attitude towards assisted dying showed 90% still consider it a good thing that euthanasia (and/or Terminal Sedation) can be ­chosen at the end of life; 84% did not agree with the statement that now TS is possible, ­euthanasia should be forbidden.