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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Netherlands Man Chooses Assisted Suicide

Euthenasia kitA man in the Netherlands was allowed to have assisted suicide due to his long battle with alcohol addiction. Sixteen years ago, the Netherlands implemented a euthanasia law for people living with “unbearable suffering” and no prospect of improvement. Last year, over 5,500 people ended their life using this law. After several stints in rehab, the man decided to end his suffering. Some have argued against these laws, contending that it undermines the treatment and help that those suffering should receive. Countering this argument is that not everyone is curable, and those people need a humane way out.

See Tom Embury-Dennis, Man in the Netherlands Euthanised Due to His Alcohol Addiction, Independent, November 29, 2016.


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