Many pro-abortion advocates say killing a baby is okay if there’s even the slightest chance the baby could be born imperfect—that’s it’s the mother’s choice whether or not she wants to allow her baby to live. So, what about adults, who through no fault of their own, develop a serious mental or physical illness—should they also be killed without their permission? What about if they previously expressed the desire to be euthanized, but then later changed their mind?
Accoriding to Medical Express – The doctor, who was not named in court, was cleared of any wrongdoing in carrying out euthanasia three years ago on a 74-year-old woman. The patient was given fatal Accordingrugs despite some indications she might have changed her mind since declaring in writing that she wanted euthanasia.
The Daily Wire writes: In the case of this specific Dutch woman with dementia, she never once gave an express request to be euthanized. In her will, which was renewed about a year before her death, the woman said she would like to be euthanized “whenever I think the time is right.” And when she was asked if she wanted to be euthanized, she reiterated multiple times that her suffering was not bad enough to where she wanted to be killed:
“The 74-year-old woman had renewed her living will about a year before she died, writing that she wanted to be euthanized ‘whenever I think the time is right.’ Later, the patient said several times in response to being asked if she wanted to die: ‘But not just now, it’s not so bad yet!’ according to a report from the Dutch regional euthanasia review committee.”
She was killed, anyway.
The court ruled that in rare cases of euthanasia that were being performed on patients with severe dementia—and who had earlier made a written request for euthanasia—the doctor “did not have to verify the current desire to die.”
Suzanne van de Vathorst, an associate professor who specializes in ethics and end-of-life issues at Erasmus University, said euthanizing patients with severe dementia puts a considerable burden on doctors.
“There’s a living, breathing person in front of you who is not aware that you’re performing euthanasia,” she said. “This is a very difficult thing to do and we cannot oblige doctors to do this.”
The Netherlands is one of five countries that allow doctors to kill patients at their request, and one of two, along with Belgium, that grant the procedure for people with mental illness.
Judges at The Hague District Court ruled that the doctor met all criteria for carrying out euthanasia under the Dutch law legalizing mercy killing by physicians. Applause broke out among the dozens of people who attended the hearing.
The doctor was accused of not acting with due care because, prosecutors alleged, she made insufficient efforts to find out whether the patient still wanted to die. To carry out the euthanasia, the physician drugged the patient’s coffee without her knowledge and then had family members restrain the woman while delivering the fatal injection.
According to the National Review– Demonstrating the consequences of accepting the premise that eliminating suffering justifies eliminating the sufferer, Dutch psychiatrists killed 83 of their mentally ill patients in 2017 — up from twelve in 2012 and 43 in 2014. That’s one heck of an awful trend line.
It is also worth noting that the Dutch — like the Belgians — sometimes conjoin euthanasia homicides of the mentally ill with voluntary organ harvesting.
Increased conjoining of euthanasia and organ harvesting can be expected soon. The Dutch recently passed a “presumed-consent-to-donate-organs” law — meaning that everyone is an organ donor unless they have explicitly opted out. That will surely include the euthanized.
Sadly, unborn babies have no say about whether or not they’re allowed to live, but surely most people would agree that humans who’ve already been born shouldn’t be killed against their will—-right?