Clinic in the Netherlands pushing the boundaries of euthanasia law

Clinic in the Netherlands pushing the boundaries of euthanasia law
Clinic in the Netherlands pushing the boundaries of euthanasia law

Clinic in the Netherlands pushing the boundaries of euthanasia law

In April 2002, the “Termination of Life on Request and Assisted Suicide (Review Procedures) Act” took effect in the Netherlands making euthanasia in the country legal. Dutch law requires that a doctor must consult with a second doctor before approving a death request. Four thousand Dutch choose to die by euthanasia each year. The procedure is carried out by licensed doctor. But now a group called “Life End Clinic” is receiving patients who’ve been rejected by standard protocol - a great number are psychiatric and dementia cases. Hans Kema from National Dutch Television, who reports on end-of-life issues for the show Nieuwsuur (Newshour Television), tells us how Life End Clinic has revealed more of the gray areas of Holland’s euthanasia law. (Photo: Flickr/theseoduke)