The Dutch government intends to draft a law that would legalize assisted suicide for people who feel they have “completed life,” but are not necessarily terminally ill, it said on Wednesday.
The Netherlands was the first country to legalize euthanasia, in 2002, but only for patients who were considered to be suffering unbearable pain with no hope of a cure.
In a letter to parliament, the health and justice ministers said details remain to be worked out but that people who “have a well-considered opinion that their life is complete, must, under strict and careful criteria, be allowed to finish that life in a manner dignified for them.”
Albert Mohler comments here on how every time a piece of legislation like this is passed, the proponents of the bill will declare that the bill will never lead to further radical misuses in the future. In this case it is easy to see that opening the door to assisted suicide will lead to a broader cultural acceptance and encouragement of suicide for non-medical reasons. An actual slippery slope.