Holland Marches On

Assisted suicide for anyone over 70 who has simply had enough of life is being considered in Holland. Non-doctors would be trained to administer a lethal potion to elderly people who ‘consider their lives complete’. It would offer a dignified way to die for those over 70 who just want to give up living, without having to resort to difficult or unreliable solitary suicide methods. They might include widows and widowers overwhelmed by grief, those unwilling to face the frailties of extreme old age, or people determined to ‘get out while they’re ahead’ and meet death on their own terms. The Catholic Church is implacably opposed but Protestant churches such as the Kirk, strongly influenced by David Hume and the Scottish Enlightenment, are much more open.

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