Some Dutch pharmacists refusing to supply euthanasia drugs

Michael Cook | 27 April 2014 | Comments
tags: conscientious objection, euthanasia, Netherlands
Although euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands, some Dutch pharmacists are refusing to supply the lethal drugs needed to carry it out.

Netherlands’ first assisted suicide for disability

Xavier Symons | 12 October 2013 | Comments
tags: disability, euthanasia, Netherlands
A 70-year-old blind woman has become the first person in the Netherlands to be granted assisted suicide on the grounds of disability.

Euthanasia rates in the Netherlands rise 13 percent in one year

Xavier Symons | 26 September 2013 | Comments
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands
New data from regional euthanasia regulatory committees indicate that euthanasia rates in the Netherlands rose 13% in the last year (to 4188).

Dutch prince dies after 18 months in coma

Michael Cook | 17 August 2013 | Comments
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands, Prince Friso
Eighteen months after a skiing accident put him in a state of minimal consciousness, Prince Friso, of the Netherlands, has died at 44.

Put disabled babies out of our misery, say Dutch doctors

Michael Cook | 14 June 2013 | Comments
tags: euthanasia, neonatal euthanasia, Netherlands
Distress felt by parents of a dying newborn can justify the child’s euthanasia, says Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG), which represents doctors in the Netherlands.

Are Dutch doctors losing their nerve over euthanasia?

Michael Cook | 01 June 2013 | Comments
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands
Politicians in the Netherlands are pushing the organisation which represents Dutch doctors to overcome its misgivings over euthanasia for patients with dementia.

Dutch government studying possibility of three or more parents

Michael Cook | 22 February 2013 | Comments
tags: multiple parenting, Netherlands
The Dutch justice ministry is investigating the possibility of allowing children to grow up with three or more legal parents.

Massive fraud by Dutch psychologist shows weak side of scientific method

Michael Cook | 15 December 2012 | Comments
tags: Netherlands, research fraud, science
The credibility of the field of social psychology is at risk, a Dutch panel has found after reviewing massive misconduct by a researcher

Report on Dutch euthanasia for 2011 released

Michael Cook | 07 December 2012 | Comments
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands
The most comprehensive information on Dutch euthanasia in 2011 available in English.

Dutch uni to investigate study of organ trafficking

Michael Cook | 01 December 2012 | Comments
tags: Netherlands, organ trafficking
Dutch university to study growing problem

Big rise in Dutch euthanasia deaths

Michael Cook | 26 September 2012 | Comments
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands
Just-released statistics for Dutch euthanasia in 2011 show that the number of psychiatric patients who died has skyrocketed from 2 in 2010 to 13 last year. Euthanasia for people with dementia also rose substantially, to 49.

Dutch debate euthanasia of their prince

Michael Cook | 01 September 2012 | Comments
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands

Doubts emerge about Dutch guidelines for terminal sedation

Michael Cook | 20 July 2012 | Comments
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands, palliative sedation, terminal sedation
Should deep, continuous sedation at the end of life really be treated as normal medical practice in the Netherlands, ask three Dutch authors in the Journal of Medical Ethics. Although they do not appear to oppose euthanasia, they argue that “morally problematic aspects inherent to palliative sedation do not get the attention they deserve” under current guidelines.

Dutch euthanasia figures present muddled picture

Michael Cook | 14 July 2012 | Comments
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands, terminal sedation
Euthanasia in the Netherlands is nothing much to worry about, according to The Lancet. The latest survey shows that the overall levels of euthanasia and assisted suicide are about the same now as they were in 2002, when euthanasia was legalised. A small increase since 2005 is just due to the fact that more people are requesting euthanasia. At least that was the spin in The Lancet's press release.

Father-to-son sperm donation

Jared Yee | 31 March 2012 | Comments
tags: Netherlands, sperm donation
A married couple in the Netherlands tried over and over to conceive, but in their early 30s they discovered that the husband produced no sperm.

Dutch activist found guilty of assisting a suicide

Michael Cook | 16 March 2012 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, Netherlands
In the latest instalment of a long-running case, the former head of the Dutch Voluntary Life Foundation (Stichting Vrijwillig Leven) has been found guilty of assisting in a suicide.

Questions asked about euthanasia for brain-damaged Dutch prince

Michael Cook | 03 March 2012 | Comments
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands
Dutch Prince Johan Friso, brain-damaged after being buried by an avalanche in Austria last month, has been transferred to Wellington Hospital, in London. Doctors believe that the 43-year-old is unlikely to recover consciousness, although will be weeks before they have a clear idea of his prospects.

Santorum sparks controversy over Dutch euthanasia

Michael Cook | 02 March 2012 | Comments
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands
So when US presidential hopeful Rick Santorum described the state of euthanasia in the Netherlands on February 3 in a forum in Missouri, he failed to kick a goal. In fact, the Washington Post fact checker, who is the son of Dutch migrants and whose uncle was euthanased, disparaged his “bogus statistics” and awarded him four Pinicchios. He was ridiculed in the New York Times and on Radio Netherlands.

Surrogacy is “reproductive prostitution”, says Dutch expert

Michael Cook | 18 February 2012 | Comments
tags: Netherlands, surrogacy
Once again Dutch legislators are organising a legal work-around for a procedure which is clearly illegal in the Netherlands. This time the issue is commercial surrogacy.

Mobile euthanasia squads launched in the Netherlands

Michael Cook | 10 February 2012 | Comments
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands
Six euthanasia flying squads of a doctor and a nurse will begin making house calls in the Netherlands on March 1. The teams will visit people who want to end their lives but whose wishes have been thwarted by another doctor who refuses to take their request seriously or who is simply unwilling to do it.

Dutch celebrate a decade of euthanasia with a film festival

Michael Cook | 07 February 2012 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, films, Netherlands

We have to try harder, say Belgian euthanasia doctors. We’re only #2

Michael Cook | 17 January 2012 | Comments
tags: Belgium, euthanasia, Netherlands
Remember the Avis Rent-a-Car commercials from the 1960s? Maybe not. Anyhow, they tripled the company’s market share with the slogan, “Avis Is Only No. 2, We Try Harder.” The Belgian right-to-die lobby seems to have the same can-do attitude.

Completed lives: a Dutch explanation

Michael Cook | 02 December 2011 | Comments
tags: completed life, euthanasia, Netherlands
The concept of a “completed life” which deserves voluntary euthanasia is a controversial one. The Dutch group Of Free Will , which is campaigning for its legalisation, has explained the reasoning behind the movement in an English-language pamphlet, “The self-chosen death of the elderly”. It was written by Wouter Beekman and translated with the help of a grant from the Society for Old Age Rational Suicide (SOARS), in the UK.

Informed consent in Netherlands: euthanasia

Michael Cook | 12 November 2011 | Comments
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands
A 64-year-old Dutch woman with dementia was euthanased earlier in March, it has been revealed. According to the Dutch daily De Volkskrant, it was the first time that a person in an advanced stage of dementia had been euthanased.

Informed consent in Netherlands: circumcision

Michael Cook | 12 November 2011 | Comments
tags: circumcision, informed consent, Netherlands
Dutch doctors should discourage the circumcision of boys, even from Jewish and Muslim families, says the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG), because children cannot give informed consent.

Dutch “Lord of the Data” forged dozens of studies: report

Jared Yee | 04 November 2011 | Comments
tags: Netherlands, research, research fraud, research misconduct
A leading Dutch social psychologist fabricated or manipulated information in dozens of research papers over almost a decade, an investigation has concluded.

Dutch doctors complain about long wait for judgments in euthanasia cases

Jared Yee | 23 September 2011 | Comments
tags: assisted suicide, euthanasia, Netherlands
Dutch euthanasia doctors must wait up to eight months to find out if they will undergo criminal investigation.

Euthanasia becoming integral part of Dutch medicine

Michael Cook | 17 September 2011 | Comments
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands

Furore in Netherlands over refusal to conduct euthanasia funeral

Michael Cook | 26 August 2011 | Comments
tags: Catholic Church, euthanasia, Netherlands
But what happens when a religion does not accept euthanasia? This is being debated in the Netherlands after a Catholic priest in the small town of Liempde refused to say a funeral mass for a man who had opted for euthanasia.

Dutch doctors solidly behind euthanasia: poll

Michael Cook | 04 August 2011 | Comments
tags: euthanasia, Netherlands
How much can on-line polls be trusted? Not much. An on-line poll about euthanasia? Even less. However, in view of the sketchy state of information about euthanasia in the first country to legalise it, any poll is welcome.
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