Third, the KNMG
's objection that stopping eating and drinking under medical supervision is not physician-assisted suicide is an example of 1984 Newspeak.
According to the Royal Dutch Society for the Advancement of Medicine (KNMG
), one of the largest health organizations in the Netherlands, which looks after the interests of doctors and medical students, the suspension of funding puts doctors at risk of violating the law.
Verhagen, one of the authors of the KNMG
report and of the Groningen Protocol of 2004, told a Dutch newspaper "Volkskrant" that "doctors should spare parents the "abomination' of seeing their child die in distress.
"La definicion de un sufrimiento sin perspectivas de mejoria se ha convertido tambien en tema de debate, ya que las posibilidades de tratamientos paliativos son mayores hoy que hace unos anos", senalo el presidente de la KNMG
, Ruud Hagenouw.
Koninklijke Nederlandsche Maatschappij ter bevordering der Geneeskunst (KNMG
van Berkestijn, secretary general of the KNMG
, this Dutch medical organization is now openly preparing guidelines for terminating the lives of incompetent patients: the demented elderly, the mentally handicapped, and defective newborns. The eight cases of assisted suicide by Dr Kevorkian between 1990 and 1992 involving middle-aged or elderly women suffering from chronic but not terminal illnesses demonstrate that such things can happen in America, too.
The Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG
) is in favor of studying the issue further.
Gert Van Dijk, bioethicist for the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG
T van Berkestijn, secretary general of the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG
), discussed the evolution of the association's policy regarding euthanasia and assisted suicide.
As part of this worldwide trend, and following other professional organizations, the KNMG
published a position paper in 2010 on the 'nontherapeutic circumcision of minors' (NTC).
As far back as 1990, the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG
) published a report intended to govern "life-terminating actions" taken against incompetent patients, including severely disabled newborns.
He maintained that euthanasia was regulated by "strict" guidelines which had been "precisely defined" by the courts and elaborated upon by the Royal Dutch Medical Association (KNMG
) and that there was simply no evidence of the practice of involuntary euthanasia.