>> 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.
>> 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.
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.
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?
>> 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.