Euthanasia cases104

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2/5/11 1.The case of Geertruida Postma In 1971, Dr Geertruida Postma injected her mother with morphine and curare , resulting in the patient's death. On a number of occasions the patient had asked her daughter to end her life. She had suffered a brain haemorrhage after which she could hardly speak, hear, and sit up.
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2/5/11 Dr Postma was charged under Article 293 of the Dutch Penal Code. In 1973, the Leeuwarden criminal court found Dr Postma guilty but only ordered a one- week suspended sentence and one year's probation. The court indicated that the physician could administer pain-relieving drugs leading to the death of the patient in certain circumstances, provided the goal of treatment was the relief of physical or psychological pain arising from an incurable terminal illness. In this case, however, Dr Postma's primary
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2/5/11 In the same year, the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) issued a statement supporting the retention of Article 293 but arguing that the administration of pain relieving drugs and the withholding or withdrawal or futile treatment could be justified even if death resulted.
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