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Be careful what you wish for when you legalise assisted dying

Professor Theo Boer


As TDs consider a vote on euthanasia, the Netherlands offers up a cautionary tale

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'Expansion is under debate for euthanasia in young children and for elderly persons without a medical diagnosis.' (stock photo)

'Expansion is under debate for euthanasia in young children and for elderly persons without a medical diagnosis.' (stock photo)

'Expansion is under debate for euthanasia in young children and for elderly persons without a medical diagnosis.' (stock photo)

As early as next week, TDs could be casting a vote on the complicated and emotive issue of assisted suicide and euthanasia.

After euthanasia was legalised in 2002, I supported the Dutch legislation and worked for the authorities, reviewing euthanasia cases between 2005 and 2014.


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