Posts Tagged ‘The Netherlands’

Netherlands supports medically assisted dying for terminally ill children

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

It’s an extremely sad reality and nobody wants to think about it, but it can’t be avoided. Sometimes children get life-threateningly sick. Sometimes they get too sick to recover. And sometimes those illnesses can cause relentless and terrible suffering, sometimes even more than can be alleviated with palliative care. Adults who are terminally ill but Read more

Vandals deface Black Madonna mosaic in Netherlands

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Vandals have defaced a Black Madonna mosaic representing Our Lady of Częstochowa in the southern-Netherlands’ city of Breda. They also daubed the letters “BLM” beneath it. Breda’s mayor, Paul Depla, says the incident is “particularly sad for the Polish community, for which the monument is of great value”. The image of Our Lady of Częstochowa Read more

Dementia patients can be euthanaised legally now

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Dementia patients in the Netherlands may be legally euthanised. On April 22 the country’s highest court approved euthanising those who cannot express their wishes, so long as they have left an advance request in writing to say they wished to die. The ruling comes after the court heard a case of a woman who resisted Read more

Repeat news: Dutch abuse article first published 2011

Monday, September 24th, 2018

A recycled news story published earlier this month that accused over half of Dutch bishops of complicity in sexual abuse was first published in 2011. The Dutch bishops’ conference said “much of the information” provided by NRC Handelsblad had been “public knowledge” since 2011. “The time for praying and apologizing is clearly over; we’re in Read more

Dutch medics perform euthanasia of young sex abuse victim

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Dutch medics have performed the euthanasia of a sex abuse victim who could not live with the ordeal she had suffered as a girl. The woman, who was in her 20s, was given a lethal injection after battling severe psychiatric problems for 15 years. Details of the case were released by Dutch authorities anxious to Read more

Loneliness a key factor in Dutch ‘psychiatric’ euthanasia

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

A majority of people killed by euthanasia in the Netherlands for so-called psychiatric reasons had complained of loneliness, a new study has found. Researchers in the US found that loneliness, or “social isolation”, was a key motivation behind the euthanasia requests of 37 of 66 cases reviewed. The study by the National Institute of Health Read more