National Conference of Catholic Bishops:

Euthanasia in the Netherlands

Q: What is the lesson of the Netherlands on assisted suicide?

A: For years Dutch courts have allowed physicians to practice euthanasia and assisted suicide with impunity, supposedly only in cases where desperately ill patients have unbearable suffering. In a few years, however, Dutch policy and practice have expanded to allow the killing of people with disabilities or even physically healthy people with psychological distress; thousands of patients have been killed by their doctors without their request. The Dutch example teaches us that the "slippery slope" is very real.

The above is taken from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website article "Assisted Suicide: What is at Stake?" Click here for the full article.

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