A newly proposed law in the Netherlands could allow healthy, older adults to be euthanized. The Dutch are known for their liberalism, but this proposal has caused a bit of a stir among the population. Many think the person should at least be in pain to end their life, but this law would allow anyone to do so if they felt they had completed life. Proponents say that such people should have the right to end their life if they want to and in the way they want to.
Euthanasia isn’t very common in a lot of countries because it violates cultural norms and is met with harsh opposition. However, the liberal Netherlands utilize euthanasia a lot. In 2015, about 4% of the deaths in their country were the result of euthanasia.
This proposed law leads to a number of questions. How old do patients have to be? Does the family have a say? How will conditions apply to patients with waning mental capacities or memories? Do social circumstances change their ability to choose? Should someone who is just lonely be able to choose to be euthanized? The list of questions goes on and on and will likely continue to be debated around the world.