New book looks at ‘dark side’ of euthanasia in Netherlands

In the Netherlands there seems to be a taboo on openly discussing the dark sides of euthanasia in the country. Dutch ethicists Theo Boer and Stef Groenewoud think it’s important to show those sides of the story as well. “Euthanasia is not all wonderful and dignified,” they said Instead of a last resort to avoid terrible suffering, euthanasia in the Netherlands has become a way to avoid a terrible life. “Ever since the legalization of euthanasia, a page has been turned in the Netherlands,” the ethicists told the Dutch Catholic newspaper Katholiek Nieuwsblad. Boer and Groenewoud collected more than forty stories from people who were involved in euthanasia in some way. This led to a recently published book in which, perhaps for the first time, the negative stories of euthanasia in the Netherlands are being told. This is important because, according to the authors, there is clearly a taboo in the country on discussing the negative aspects of euthanasia.

New book looks at ‘dark side’ of euthanasia in Netherlands

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