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Euthanasia for Alzheimer's patient in Netherlands

Catholic World News - November 10, 2011

A 64-year-old woman has been put to death by her doctors in the Netherlands, without giving her explicit consent for the "mercy killing."

The woman, whose name was not revealed, had suffered from Alzheimer's disease, and her mental condition had deteriorated to the point at which she could not give consent for euthanasia.

Ordinarily the explicit consent of the patient is required for euthanasia in the Netherlands--where the practice has been legal since 2002--but in this case the patient's consent was presumed, since doctors said that the woman had been an advocate of legal euthanasia in the past.

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  • Posted by: garedawg - Nov. 10, 2011 9:04 PM ET USA

    Next time you say "just take me out and shoot me" when you talk about getting old and decrepit, be careful whom you say it in front of.

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