Americans United for Life called on Congress to prioritize benefits for children and their mothers—especially pregnant mothers—when formulating future economic relief packages. The AUL proposal would help prevent women from seeking abortions just because of a poor economic situation. “Every mother who might otherwise feel pressured to consider abortion should be empowered to make the choice for life, and congressional relief can play a key role in encouraging life-affirming outcomes throughout this season,” the proposal said. —L.H.
The Dutch Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that prosecutors can no longer charge doctors in the Netherlands for euthanizing dementia patients who gave written consent. In 2019, a Dutch court found a doctor not guilty for performing euthanasia on a 74-year-old dementia patient in 2016. The patient had previously given the doctor consent to euthanize her, but at the time of her death, she fought the procedure. The patient’s family, who supported euthanizing her, had to hold her down while the doctor finished the process.
The Netherlands became the first nation to legalize euthanasia in 2002. Prosecutors challenged the law for the first time with the 2019 case. “A crucial question to this case is how long a doctor should continue consulting a patient with dementia, if the patient in an earlier stage already requested euthanasia,” said a spokeswoman for prosecutors, who believed the doctor should have had a “more intensive discussion” with the patient before administering life-ending drugs.
Under the new ruling from the Supreme Court, dementia patients will not be required to confirm their previous requests for euthanasia. They must simply make written requests before dementia has advanced to the point that the patients can “no longer express their will.” —L.H.