Almost 7,000 people were euthanized or legally committed suicide in the Netherlands in 2020, a marked increase compared to the drop recorded in neighboring Belgium.
The regional euthanasia oversight committees, responsible for monitoring these deaths and verifying whether the eligibility criteria for this procedure are met, recorded 6,938 deaths last year, an increase of just over 9%. compared to 2019.
The previous peak was 6,585 deaths in 2017. The figures fell to 6,126 deaths in 2018. The decrease appears to be linked to legal issues involving doctors performing euthanasia in the Netherlands and Belgium.
A diagnosis of cancer is the most common reason – 5,000 cases – for requesting euthanasia. However, it should be noted that in four of the cases, people chose death because of the suffering caused by the Covid-19 infection.
The chairman of the control committees, Jeroen Recourt, was not surprised by this inflation of assisted suicides.
He remarks, unfortunately rightly, that “more and more generations consider euthanasia as a solution to unbearable suffering”. He added that “the idea that euthanasia is an option in a case of irreparable suffering gives (people) a lot of peace”.
Remember that the Netherlands has authorized euthanasia since 2002: especially when the patient’s suffering is unbearable, there is no prospect of improvement and the patient asks to die.
Moving further down the slope of death eligibility criteria, the country has included “mental and psychosocial conditions” such as “loss of function, loneliness and loss of autonomy” among the acceptable criteria for euthanasia. .
In October 2020, the government announced that it would draft legislation allowing children to legally submit to physician-assisted suicide with parental consent.
The country is also considering extending its criteria for euthanasia to people who do not have health problems but who are “tired of living”.
This development, which manifests the inability of a society and the individuals that make it up, to help people plunged into suffering, is a demonstration “on a large scale” of the ineluctable dehumanization that follows the abandonment of the Christian faith. This abandonment was particularly marked in the Netherlands, after the terrible disillusionment which followed the Vatican Council II and the âDutch pastoral councilâ.
The faithful, led by clerics who had already lost their faith, believed they could transform the Church. Their dream was shattered and they gave up the faith.