Theo Boer responds in the Irish Times to a letter from Corry de Jongh.
Professor Theo BoerSir, – I agree with Corry de Jongh that euthanasia is well-monitored in the Netherlands. In 1972 my own (Protestant) church was the first worldwide to support it. However, with hindsight, many regret supporting the law, including me. Since 2006, the numbers have increased incessantly. Last year 7,000 people received euthanasia, and in some neighbourhoods one in every five deaths is preceded by euthanasia. Is this the “last resort” we once advocated?
Given the excellent quality of palliative care in the Netherlands, there is only one explanation: supply creates demand.