Letter: Involuntary euthanasia

ONCE it is accepted in a society that there is a class of person whose life is not worth living, and that it is appropriate to end it, then you have started down a slippery slope. When Phil Hammond (7 April) scoffs at the idea that voluntary euthanasia could be the thin edge of the wedge, he ignores the available facts.

In Holland, where euthanasia is part of accepted medical practice, there have been hundreds of cases of involuntary euthanasia. Indeed the Remmelink Commission estimated that three people per day were killed without consent in Holland in 1990.

HUGH J THOMSON

Birmingham

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