Dutch euthanasia law may be expanded to people with "completed" lives

The Dutch government wants to expand the country's assisted suicide law to include those who feel their lives are "completed" and wish to die, even if they are not ill.

"People with an informed belief that their life is completed should be allowed, under strict and careful criteria, to finish that life in a dignified manner," the health and justice ministers wrote in a letter to Parliament on Wednesday.

Dutch law on euthanasia, which dates from 2002, currently allows voluntary death only if the patient has an incurable disease, suffers intolerable pain, and has clearly expressed a will to die.

It is unclear when the new legislation will be drafted and voted upon.

Alongside Belgium and Luxembourg, the Netherlands is one of the few European countries where euthanasia is legal.

Last update: Fri, 14/10/2016 - 07:11
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