The Point

The Point: The Dark Side of Legalized Euthanasia


John Stonestreet

Imagine an elderly patient sitting on the bed in a sterile hospital room. The doctor approaches her with a needle, but she, a dementia patient, wants no part of it.

So at the doctor’s request, the old woman’s daughter and son-in-law hold her down. Despite the struggle, the doctor succeeds in administering the injection. Moments later, she’s dead.

It wasn’t a mistake. This is a real story.

The doctor’s injection was intended to kill her. He did so with her family’s permission which, ostensibly, indicated her permission.

But, as Dutch prosecutors argued in court, how could a woman who struggled against an injection give consent?

This is the dark world of legalized euthanasia.

As an Alliance Defending Freedom International spokesperson said, “Instead of simply taking care of the most vulnerable, medical staff are facing a lot of pressure to make controversial decisions regarding the lives of elderly.” He added, “Once a country allows euthanasia, as in the Netherlands, there is no logical stopping point.”

No there isn’t.

Editor’s note: As if to reinforce our claim that there is “no logical stopping point” for euthanasia, a Dutch court yesterday cleared the doctor in question of any charges because, the court decided, that in rare cases of severe dementia in which the patient had previously put in writing the request to die, the doctor “did not have to verify the current desire to die”.

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