Wesley J. Smith: Nine Elderly Couples Were Euthanized in the Netherlands

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(NRO) – Joint suicides by elderly couples used to be considered a tragedy. In the Netherlands, doctors killing elderly couples together is a considered medical treatment (Belgium too, and at least once in Canada).

Last year there were nine such killings. Details were not available on most, but one involved a husband dying of cancer. His wife had MS. She asked to die with him because she would be unable to live independently and didn’t want to be cared for by strangers.

The Dutch believe that transparency is more important than right and wrong. So, they allow a continually expanding euthanasia license — but are careful to make sure they report later on what death doctors are doing.

Hence, the government publishes a yearly, coldly statistical report about how many of their citizens were killed by doctors and why. CONTINUE