Dutch to offer euthanasia to persons not terminally ill

From Emma Glanfield at Daily Mail:

The Dutch government intends to draft a law that would legalise assisted suicide for people who feel they have ‘completed life’, but who are not necessarily terminally ill.

The Netherlands was the first country to legalise euthanasia in 2002, but only for patients considered to be suffering unbearable pain with no hope of a cure.

In a letter to parliament this week, the health and justice ministers said the details remained to be worked out but that people who ‘have a well-considered opinion that their life is complete, must, under strict and careful criteria, be allowed to finish that life in a manner dignified for them.’ More.

Reality check: It will not be possible to prevent euthanasia on demand, and euthanasia of persons over whom a power of attorney or guardian has control in any post-Wstern country. “Patient confidentiality” will ensure that it is not legal to find out or talk about what really happened.

The West will, within a few generations, be inhabited by people who choose not to do these things—whether their civilization is, by some standard—better or worse.

As Mark Steyn says, demography is a game of last man standing.

See also: Politically correct Dutch outraged: Euthanasia linked to poor nursing home care