Herbert Hendin argues in the following viewpoint that, in practice, it is impossible to regulate legalized euthanasia so that it is limited to terminally ill, mentally competent patients who request it. Hendin contends that legalized euthanasia in the Netherlands has encouraged doctors there to accept euthanasia as a routine practice, and that in many instances doctors have ended the lives of patients without their request. He believes the Dutch experience clearly illustrates that even extensive legal safeguards cannot prevent euthanasia from being abused once it is initially permitted....
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