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  • BioEdge: Why Dutch doctors are reporting fewer euthanised infants
    skin condition With all the hullabaloo over the Groningen Protocol why is it so rarely invoked The study suggests two reasons First doctors may be falsifying their reports or to put it more charitably have a different perception of what constitutes deliberately ending life The study cites two cases of very sick infants In one the doctor used a barbiturate and withdrew treatment in the other the doctor used morphine to induce terminal sedation and withdrew treatment Both were reported as natural deaths The second is that in 2007 the Netherland began offering ultrasound imaging at 20 weeks for pregnant women as a routine prenatal screening procedure This allowed the mother to abort the child if it suffered from spinal bifida or chromosomal defects Most women chose abortion for the former and about half for the latter Those who do not abort the child are unlikely to request a lethal injection after birth So the authors observe The moment of deciding to end a child s life is shifted to pregnancy MORE ON THESE TOPICS Groningen Protocol infant euthanasia Netherlands This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/why-dutch-doctors-are-reporting-fewer-euthanised-infants/11524 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    Groningen Protocol is rarely being used Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Celebrating 15 years of Dutch euthanasia 13 Feb 2016 Canada s euthanasia courts 13 Feb 2016 IVF audit in Australia 13 Feb 2016 Archive

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/Groningen+Protocol (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    leading voices in bioethics go head to head More surprises in Dutch euthanasia of infants Michael Cook 27 March 2010 Comments tags euthanasia infant euthanasia Netherlands Doctors not killing their quota of babies Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A Dutch report applies the brakes on completed life euthanasia

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/infant+euthanasia (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Court tussle over right to euthanase Dutch woman with dementia
    enough to request euthanasia The nursing home refused to release Ms Luck into the hands of Levenseindekliniek so the family sought a decision from a court The position of the nursing home which has a Christian inspiration was that Ms Luck only spoke about euthanasia after her family had paid a visit She still appeared to enjoy life and made comments which were not consistent with a desire for euthanasia Its staff knew her well and believed that she was not competent to make such a momentous decision It stressed that people like Ms Luck were very vulnerable Her family found this outrageous Their position was that many people never mention their desire for euthanasia unless they are asked Besides three doctors had assured them that Ms Luck knew what she was doing A judge sitting in an emergency session in Utrecht decided in favour of the family and Levenseindekliniek Judge Sap told Earl Ter Reede chairman of the nursing home that he had to respect the wishes of the woman It s not a question of incapacity You simply do not want to accept the decision the judge said You are putting yourselves in this situation on your own authority I am observing the principle that you must respect this woman s wishes It s the final thing you can do for her This was the first time in the history of Dutch euthanasia legislation that an institution had refused to allow a patient to be euthanased From a legal point of view the most interesting feature of the case is that the judge gave more weight to the opinion of the doctors at the Levenseindekliniek than the woman s own medical staff because they had specialized medical knowledge and experience A day after the court order Ms Luck

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/court-tussle-over-right-to-euthanase-dutch-woman-with-dementia/11514 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Dutch paediatricians back euthanasia for under-12s
    to die should be evaluated on a case by case basis Belgium has already removed the age limit on euthanasia and the Netherlands is lagging behind Under the current rules children between 12 and 16 must have parental approval while euthanasia is banned for those under 12 except for children under 12 months who can be euthanased involuntarily If a child under 12 satisfies the same conditions paediatricians are currently powerless It s time to address this problem said Professor Verhagen The guidelines suggest that the NVK does not believe that anyone will abuse the proposed protocols The NVK considers it a great good that the process of decision making about the end of life is so careful in our country they say MORE ON THESE TOPICS euthanasia euthanasia for children Netherlands This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please enable

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/dutch-paediatricians-back-euthanasia-for-under-12s/11502 (2016-02-18)
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  • Dutch man cleared after helping his mother suicide
    decision In a written verdict the appeals court said Heringa had to decide between obeying the law against assisting suicide and his unwritten moral duty to help his mother achieve her wish for a painless peaceful and dignified death Heringa could not lean back and do nothing while watching her suffer the verdict said This would have caused him life long feelings of guilt Heringa s mother was suffering from a variety of physical and psychological ailments The prosecution did not try to question Heringa s motives but was simply calling on the court to uphold the legal prohibition on assisted suicide in the country Assisted dying advocates see the ruling as very promising This is a step in the direction we want to go said Fiona Zonneveld of the Dutch Association for Voluntary Euthanasia Many people who consider their lives completed want to be helped by their loved ones We think that should be allowed MORE ON THESE TOPICS assisted dying assisted suicide law Netherlands This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/dutch-man-cleared-after-helping-his-mother-suicide/11487 (2016-02-18)
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  • Euthanasia cases leap in Dutch clinic
    to be the result of increased publicity Last year they received widespread media attention after being reprimanded by the Regional Euthanasia Review Committee RTE for failing to refer a patient to a psychiatrist before euthanasia The patient a 47 year old mother of two was suffering from severe tinnitus Most of the 232 people given euthanasia by the Levenseindekliniek last year were suffering from physical conditions such as MS ALS or effects of a stroke Slightly less than a quarter had cancer and 20 per cent suffered from an accumulation of old age complaints The clinic was originally set up in 2012 with the purpose of servicing patients unable to find a doctor to euthanize them MORE ON THESE TOPICS euthanasia Netherlands This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/euthanasia_cases_leap_in_dutch_clinic/11329 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Dutch euthanasia clinic has knuckles rapped over tinnitus death
    of two to a psychiatrist The other two complaints concerned an elderly woman who did not want to enter a nursing home and an elderly psychiatric patient The symptoms that Ms Olthuis claimed to have were severe she constantly heard the sound of screeching metal and even the rustle of opening a plastic bag hurt Levenseindekliniek opened in 2012 for patients who could not find a doctor who agreed to euthanase them Since then they have helped about 250 people to die The director of the clinic Steven Pleiter said that he was exasperated by the reprimand We try to help people and do it in a very precise and careful manner We find it annoying that we now have to deal with this for the third time MORE ON THESE TOPICS euthanasia Netherlands This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/dutch_euthanasia_clinic_has_knuckles_rapped_over_tinnitus_death/11301 (2016-02-18)
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