Dutch Euthanasia Bill Details
Apr. 10, 2001
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) _ Under the bill enacted by the Dutch parliament Tuesday, a patient seeking mercy killing or assisted death must be a legal resident of the Netherlands. A doctor performing the practice on a patient must first:
_ be satisfied that the patient has made a voluntary and carefully considered request;
_ be satisfied that the patient's suffering was unbearable, and that there was no prospect of improvement;
_ have informed the patient about his situation and his prospects;
_ have come to the conclusion, together with the patient, that there is no reasonable alternative in the light of the patient's situation; and
_ have consulted at least one other, independent physician, who must have seen the patient and given a written opinion on the due care criteria referred to in a. to d. above.
Doctor must terminate the patient's life or provided assistance with suicide ``with due medical care and attention.''