Doc­tor faces charges in eu­thana­sia case

The Dallas Morning News - - World -

THE HAGUE, Nether­lands — Dutch of­fi­cials said Fri­day that they will pros­e­cute a nurs­ing home doc­tor for eu­th­a­niz­ing an el­derly woman with de­men­tia. It was the first time a doc­tor has been charged since the Nether­lands le­gal­ized eu­thana­sia in 2002.

Dutch pros­e­cu­tors said in a state­ment the doc­tor “had not acted care­fully” and “over­stepped a line” when she per­formed eu­thana­sia.

The doc­tor said she was ful­fill­ing the pa­tient’s ear­lier eu­thana­sia re­quest. But pros­e­cu­tors said that the pa­tient’s writ­ten eu­thana­sia re­quest was “un­clear and con­tra­dic­tory.”

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