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Dutch euthanasia doctor agrees that there is a slippery slope

“Anti-euthanasia lobbyists want the public to believe in the inevitability of the slippery slope, but their fears are unwarranted,” wrote a Canadian doctor earlier this year.

Where better to test this than the Netherlands?

 In 2019, according to the official figures, there were 6,361 cases of euthanasia – 4.2 percent of all deaths. In other words, one out of 25 people are killed by doctors in the Netherlands. And those are just the official figures. It is widely accepted that a good number of euthanasia deaths are not reported, mostly because doctors don’t like the extra paperwork involved.

How do Dutch euthanasia doctors feel about this?

Pretty good, actually. Well, at least one of them.

Writing in the NTGV, the Dutch Medical Association Journal, Dr Bert Keizer reflects on the history of Dutch euthanasia. Somewhat surprisingly, he endorses the notion that euthanasia is a “slippery slope”. Better said, he embraces it….

Read more: https://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/dutch-euthanasia-doctor-agrees-that-there-is-a-slippery-slope/13534