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Netherlanders are pressured into ‘choosing’ euthanasia, reads the story. I’m not surprised. This has been true for many years.

For example, in the first edition of my Forced Exit, I reported on a story in which a wife told her husband to die or be put in a nursing home.

But now, with euthanasia numbers rising–and the categories of people killed by doctors growing–more attention is being focused on people being pushed by relatives or ancillary circumstances to die.

From the story, quoting Theo Boer, who studied euthanasia reports:

‘What surprises me is that nobody is making any serious attempt to treat this as a problem,’ said Boer, who teaches ethics at Groningen’s Protestant Theological University. ‘It seems inarguable to me that the law has led to a rise in incidences.’

Asked how often he saw evidence of pressure from the family, he said: ‘It’s hard to say, but at a rough estimate I would say the family is a factor with one in five patients.

The doctor doesn’t want to put it in the dossier; you need to read between the lines. ‘Sometimes it’s the family who go to the doctor. Other times it’s the patient saying they don’t want their family to suffer. And you hear anecdotally of families saying: “Mum, there’s always euthanasia”.’…

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[7 July 2015, Wesley Smith, Amsterdam,