Putting Heart & Soul in End-of-Life Care

In April 2002, the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize assisted death—what we term "euthanasia" and also assisted suicide—under a very specific set of conditions: unbearable pain, incurable illness, and a request made in the patient's "full consciousness."1 Later that year, Belgium followed suit.

In both countries, instances of assisted death have gone up markedly each year. In Belgium, 235 people were killed in...

 

is the managing editor of the Howard Center's quarterly journal, The Family in America: A Journal of Public Policy.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #47, Winter 2018 Copyright © 2019 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo47/suffering-elderly