Critics of this decision will say that it represents a further step towards the legal recognition of euthanasia .
The message for everyone is that the debate about euthanasia must be continued.
To do otherwise, they claim, would be tantamount to active euthanasia , and this they see as morally wrong.
Once the disease reaches this stage, euthanasia or mercy killing is the only recourse.
The subject of euthanasia is a complex one, it is one which no politician or medical expert should make.
At the end of the lifespan, one way that the body may be killed or that natural death may be hastened is through euthanasia .
This role was not excluded but fell outside the criteria of care for euthanasia .
Legalising voluntary euthanasia will be one step nearer having a truly civilised society.
This would increase medical involvement and might be considered as moving towards euthanasia .
An estimated 3600 cases of voluntary euthanasia are carried out each year in the Netherlands.