The Netherlands: assisted suicide for a blind woman

Publié le : 18 October 2013

 Last week, a Dutch newspaper, Trouw, reported the case of a 70 year-old woman who was granted the right to end her life in 2012 because she had become blind. Up to this point, blindness had not been deemed "unbearable suffering" pursuant to the legal conditions for granting assisted suicide. In this case, the woman had recently become widowed and had already attempted suicide on several occasions. Considering that the woman in question was "suffering unbearably" as far as Dutch legislation is concerned, the five regional evaluation commissions approved the doctor’s decision to give her a lethal cocktail. 

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