The court in Den Bosch found 76-year-old Albert Heringa guilty of assisting his 99-year-old mother in committing suicide and gave him a conditionally suspended prison sentence of six months. The sentence is three months higher than what the Public Prosecutor demanded. This was the fourth time this case appeared in court, NOS reports.
Euthanasia is hardly ever approved for advanced dementia patients, despite the fact that the Ministries of Public Health and Security and Justice gave the go ahead that it can be given to dementia patients who requested it in a written declaration while they were still lucid.
Two Dutch organization made a renewed call for experiments with an end-of-life pill for people who do not qualify for euthanasia on Nieuwsuur. They plan to soon submit proposals for such experiments
In The Netherlands, there is an explosive growth in people who do not want to be resuscitated if they are in acute distress, the NOS reports. The number of people currently wearing a medal with the words 'Do Not Resuscitate' on them rose from 1200 in 2007 to more than 5000 last year.