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Dutch Doctor Exonerated After Euthanizing An Unwilling Patient

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The Dutch doctor who euthanized a 74-year old dementia patient against her will and was exonerated of all charges gave a televised interview recently, in which she defended her actions as “for the best.”

The 2016 incident caused an uproar, in no small part because the doctor began the euthanization process by secretly drugging her patient’s coffee. The horror didn’t end there. When the patient woke up and resisted the lethal injection, now-retired geriatric specialist Marinou Arends asked a relative to hold her down so she could administer the fatal dose.

The patient had two previous directives stating she wanted to be euthanized “when the time was ripe,” but had explicitly declined to be euthanized three times leading up to her death. To Arends, however, ending the patient’s suffering was more important than doing what the patient said she wanted.

“Asking if she wanted to die [a fourth time] would only cause additional suffering,” Arends said, having judged the patient incapacitated enough that nothing she said could be taken seriously. As a doctor, she claimed also had “the authority to omit the question.”

Arends contends her patient was “sad,” “rebellious,” and “unhappy all day long. And that is another word for suffering.” “If I, as a doctor, have the opportunity to stop suffering,........

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