A sneaky attempt to set a patient-killing precedent

Friday, November 16, 2018
 | 
Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

Hippocratic OathA prosecutor in the Netherlands is taking a doctor to court after she killed an unwilling patient but, in reality, jail time is not a certainty.  

The 74-year-old victim, who suffered from dementia, was incapable of consenting to a lethal dose. When a sedative failed to calm her down, family members literally held the woman down so the doctor could kill her.

Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition tells OneNewsNow this same doctor was considered for an earlier prosecution case, too, which was never carried through.

Schadenberg, Alex (EPC)In the case of this elderly woman with dementia, a regional euthanasia review committee examined the case in 2017, ruling that the doctor did break the law but did so, somehow, in "good faith."

"But then the chair of the committee made it clear he wanted this case to be prosecuted, not for the purpose of the doctor going to jail but for the purpose of establishing what the precedent is," Schadenberg advises. "And I believe that's probably what's happening here."

That reasoning is frightening, he adds, because the committee is likely hearing the prosecution case only to set a precedent for future guidance on legally killing people.

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWS BRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

FEATURED PODCAST

VOTE IN OUR POLL

The most important immigration policy coming from President Trump’s first term is…

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Social media CEOs to face grilling from Republican senators
Gulf Coast braces, again, for hurricane as Zeta takes aim
Utility: Winds too weak to cut power before California fire
NXIVM guru gets 120 years in prison in sex-slaves case
Thai student-protesters aim for ambitious political change
Barrett faces busy schedule as she joins Supreme Court
Philadelphia police shooting sparks riots

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Democrats falling short in 3 of 4 battlegrounds
Joe Biden says much of the protest violence is a 'cry for justice' in speech to supporters
Philadelphia police say 1,000 looters targeting businesses on second night of protests
College teaches that 'All Lives Matter' and 'Blue Lives Matter' are anti-blackness
Critical Race Theory is socialist, anti-God and anti-American

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Abortion clinic blocked ... then it wasn't ... now it is

Say no to abortionA Texas-based abortion chain with a questionable reputation isn't happy with a decision to ban it from the city that's home to the University of Notre Dame.