Saturday, December 10, 2011

From Taboo To Tradition: Medicalized Killing In The Netherlands

Here’s a good piece about how what was once taboo is now a banal part of everyday life in the Netherlands - medicalized killing people, many of whom never ever wanted it.
Normalizing nihilism: Euthanasia in Holland
It has been almost ten years since the Dutch parliament voted to legalize euthanasia.  While the Netherlands became the first country to grant state sanction to a mercy killing, doctors the world over have long quietly colluded in the “good death” of the terminally ill or those in extreme suffering.  The BBC reported that the 1 April 2002 — April Fool’s Day — law set the following parameters for Dutch mercy killings: more

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