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In a stunning upset to Netherlands law, a Dutch medical committee put a woman who could not express her objections or permission to death anyways. The 64-year-old woman, who was suffering from severe dementia, had in years past supported euthanasia. However, she was unable to communicate coherently anymore due to the disease.

While euthanasia is legal in the Netherlands, the conditions had required that the “patient must be suffering unbearable pain and the doctor must be convinced the patient is making an informed choice.”

This is no longer the case. According to a Dutch News article, doctor Constance de Vries said that  “….The case has serious implications for Dutch euthanasia law because it means patients who are no longer able to state their wish can still be helped to die….”

The woman had previously expressed her wish to die in written communications.

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