Dutch dementia patients must request legal euthanasia early — like Annie Zwijnenberg, whose voluntary death was documented in a recent film — even proceeding before they are truly incapacitated. By that time, affirming consent becomes legally questionable and can put doctors in legal jeopardy.
Is the tide changing? Some are concerned that cases involving late-stage patients and a current prosecution — in which a struggling patient’s family held her down for a lethal injection — could preclude dementia sufferers from choosing death over indignity.
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