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>> It's called Substance X, it's a cheap, white, painless suicide powder. And when 81 year old Clara thought she'd be able to buy it in the Netherlands in February, she celebrated.>> If you have to say goodbye, it's much better to do it in the right way. I don't want a prolonged sickbed or so descent into dementia.
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>> Euthanasia is legal here, but Dutch rules are strict, medically controlled and a doctor makes the final call. Clara says Substance X would give her control when she feels her time has come, and many feel the same. But it was a false alarm. Dutch prosecutors launched an investigation into Substance X and promises to make the powder available, were scraped.
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It's left behind a tense debate, should Dutch euthanasia rules be loosened? Reuters' Stephanie van den Berg says other countries will be watching closely to see how it pans out.>> So the debate in the Netherlands about completed life and possibly widening euthanasia criteria is getting international attention from euthanasia campaigners.
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Because the Netherlands was the first country to legalize it with this medical model. And what you see now is the conversation kind of shifting on, is euthanasia a medical issue only for terminally ill and controlled by doctors? Or should it be a human right to choose your own way to die when the time is right?
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>> The number of euthanasia cases rises every year in the Netherlands, and polls show support for expanding the practice. But laws are unlikely to change under the current government, a coalition that includes a conservative Christian party.