Euthanasia Deaths Rising in the Netherlands…Again

Over 7,000 To Die of Euthanasia in 2018

Recently the left-wing Guardian newspaper alleged that Dutch euthanasia deaths are anticipated to rise 67 percent from just five years ago. The paper states the Levenseindekliniek, the only Dutch hospital specializing in euthanasia, expects to have to hire more than 100 new doctors to keep up with the death rate.

The rate of killing in the Netherlands has indeed increased at a frightening pace; the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition alleges a 289% increase in eleven years.

Which is no surprise. When something illegal is legalized, you get more of it, not less. Before Roe vs. Wade, in 1970, some abortions were actually legal in limited circumstances in the United States and at least 180,000 unborn were aborted.

But by 1975, two years after Roe vs. Wade, there were over a million deaths annually.


“Thou shalt not kill.” – Exodus 20:13

The Catholic Church has long known that vice leads to more vice. In the 1100s St. Thomas Aquinas stated “taking innocent life was immoral at all times.” Centuries later, Saint Pope John Paul II tackled the matter head on in his 1995 encyclical, “Evangelium Vitae”, subtitled, “on the value and inviolability of human life.” He said in the document anything opposing life, including euthanasia, “poison[s] human society.” Thankfully, in the United States the American College of Physicians recently stated its total opposition to euthanasia or physician assisted suicide.


The Slippery Slope

Many euthanasia deaths are unsolicited or requested by those with unsound mind. Instead of waiting for patients to ask to drink the hemlock, doctors and caregivers in places like the Netherlands are now determining how to administer the hemlock on their own, even without the patient’s consent. This is illegal, but multiple sources cite Dutch statistics showing over 400 were killed without their consent in 2017 alone.

Witness the story from “Fatal Flaws”, a film to be released next year, where “Magreet” talks about how doctors euthanized her mother.

From the film “Fatal Flaws” to be released in 2018.


Taking Advantage of the Defenseless

Belgium also has “legal” euthanasia – let’s call a spade a spade and just call it “legalized” murder. And yes, there are abuses there, too. Children may be euthanized – how is a child ever to “ask” to be euthanized? Each person is made in the image and likeness of God, and no person has the right to end a life, his or her own, or somebody else’s.

Now the Alliance Defending Freedom has just filed an “application” with the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of Tom Mortier, son of a mentally ill Mrs. De Troyer. The group protests her death is in violation of the Convention on Human Rights, guaranteeing a right to life and right to family life, plus the case also involves a conflict of interest.  Mrs. De Trover had not seen her treating physician for over 20 years, but had gone to one psychiatrist after another and finally, after donating 2500 Euros to one doctor’s organization, was finally able to get her death wish.  Mr. Mortier discovered his mother died only when he was contacted by the morgue, asking how to deal with her remains. And by the way, she was in perfect physical health.


Pray for the Mentally Ill

Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R.

Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R. of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, was a priest and psychologist. He also had a special dedication to St. Benedict Joseph Labre, patron saint of the mentally ill and homeless. Let us pray for the intercession of both, for those depressed persons either seeking to end their life, and for protection from those who might take action against them. With God, there is always hope.

About Deborah M. Piroch

Deborah M. Piroch graduated from Mount Holyoke College, the nation’s oldest women’s college, with a double major in German and English Literature. She studied abroad and earned her M.A. in English Literature from Indiana University. Fluent in German, she began her career in international journalism working for Radio Deutsche Welle in Cologne, Germany. Returning to the States after a three-year contract, she worked as arts reporter and producer on prime time shows for WQED-FM in Pittsburgh, then a top 20 market. After another three years, she was hired by EWTN Global Catholic Network as news director, anchor and writer for “Catholic World Today,” but soon transitioned into television. Highlights of her 15 years at EWTN include co-anchoring the U.S. March for Life with Marcus Grodi on more than one occasion, live translating the election of Pope Benedict XVI into German, interviewing two former U.S. Presidential candidates and producing Father Benedict Groeschel’s prime time program from its inception for six years. Named the Network’s first International Production Coordinator, she also proposed, budgeted and executed TV shoots in Scotland, England, Norway, Sweden and Germany. Most recently she served as Director of PR for Human Life International.

1 Comment

  1. Sister Rosalia Bauer on February 3, 2018 at 5:30 PM

    How do I contact “Rita” who has an organization regarding Suicide and Euthanasia. I thought it was a branch of HLI thank you

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