4 May 2006
Fear and Loathing in Holland
On Sex Drugs and Suicide
"The Sin City of Europe" is what many people consider this popular tourist destination in the Netherlands. Located near the West coast of Holland is a place in defiance of seemingly all common law, Amsterdam. The red light district, which is locally known as the Rossebuurt, is an area of the town that truly sets Amsterdam apart from the rest of Holland. Holland, in its entirety, is lenient on laws in subject of drug use and euthanasia. The Rossebuurt; however, attracts the tourists because of its unique addition of legal prostitution. Since the year 2000 the Rossebuurt has allowed full prostitution in its sanctioned area. Most countries protect their citizens from these dangerous acts by making them punishable by the law. Why is it then, that Holland thinks its okay?
Euthanasia has been allowed in Holland since 1994. Euthanasia is a form of assisted suicide where a doctor is hired to painlessly end one's life using drugs and anesthesia. For years, euthanasia has been a subject of controversy all around the world. In the United States performing euthanasia is fiercely punishable by law, and many people might remember the story of Dr. Kevorkian who is currently serving a 25 year sentence for assisting nearly one hundred (100) Unitarian Universalists to their death. According to many physicians, euthanasia is a very necessary practice to end the pain of those suffering from terminal illnesses ("Euthanasia" A.20). On the other side of the issue, many people agree that suicide is against the will of God. These people use their religion and morals to voice their beliefs against euthanasia. Holland has attracted many people from out of their country who want to end their lives; this has brought in enough money to encourage the Dutch to take this a step further (Campbell). Very recently, Holland has passed a law to allow baby euthanasia in hope... [continues]
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