From CBS News:
Euthanasia has become a common way to die in the Netherlands, accounting for 4.5 percent of deaths, according to researchers who say requests are increasing from people who aren’t terminally ill.
In 2002, the Netherlands became the first country in the world that made it legal for doctors to help people die. Both euthanasia, where doctors actively kill patients, and assisted suicide, where physicians prescribe patients a lethal dose of drugs, are allowed. People must be “suffering unbearably” with no hope of relief — but their condition does not have to be fatal. More.
Reality check: Patients are more willing to ask for death as their society becomes less and less tolerant of the Not Cool. Scott Kim, a bioethicist at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, worries,
“These are old people who may have health problems, but none of them are life-threatening. They’re old, they can’t get around, their friends are dead and their children don’t visit anymore,” he said. “This kind of trend cries out for a discussion. Do we think their lives are still worthwhile?”
We? Who is the “we” here? Progressives do not think anyone’s life is worthwhile except as a talking point on the road to power. CBS may itself be dead and gone before it realizes that those corpses are the remains of its last viewers.
See also: But WHY the surprise that 431 people were involuntarily euthanized in the Netherlands in 2015?