Euthanasia and Organ Donation in the Netherlands.

By Alex Schadenberg, International Chair - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Alex Schadenberg

For the past few years doctors in Belgium have linked organ donation to euthanasia. Now the Dutch media has reported that Edith Schippers, the Dutch Minister of Public Health supports the practice of euthanasia/organ donation.

The media report stated:

Minister Edith Schippers of Public Health is working on a protocol to guide people who want to donate organs after their euthanasia. 

This means, for example, that they will not be able to die at home, but will have to die in the hospital. The doctor should also perform the euthanasia in the hospital. The guidelines established for this is a practical implementation of laws, said Schippers. The first version of the guidelines was written by the Rotterdam Erasmus MC and the University Hospital of Maastricht (MUMC).

Euthanasia/organ donation can become a form of coercion to die by euthanasia.

It is one thing to kill someone as a false means to a "good death," it is another thing to kill someone to improve public health.

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