Dutch Doctors are Euthanizing Patients by Starving Them to Death

Wesley Smith

The euthanasia movement not only promotes lethal injection and assisted suicide but what is known in the death crowd's parlance as VSED, which stands for "voluntary stop eating and drinking." Because starving and dehydrating oneself produces agony, VSED usually requires a doctor's palliative assistance to ameliorate what would be otherwise unbearable suffering that would lead the despairing person to give up the attempt.

VSED is pushed here by groups like Compassion and Choices for the elderly. Now, in the Netherlands, younger people are to be granted help in starving themselves to death. From the Dutch News story:

Doctors' federation KNMG has scrapped the age limit for care for people who have chosen to end their lives by refusing to eat and drink.

Some 700 people a year die by this method in the Netherlands. Under the new guideline, meant for doctors and other caregivers, people younger than 60 can now also apply for end of life care, for instance from a hospice.

Hospice, properly understood, provides palliative and other medical and social services to people who are terminally ill. But now, apparently Dutch hospices will do that for people who would not be dying but for starving and dehydrating themselves.

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