Even if that was the case,and her family did it for compassion reasons and not because they perceived her as a burden or were trying to access her money,the doctor should never have agreed to it if the woman herself had not signed a pre-directive that she wanted euthanasia when her condition got really bad.
The doctor would have known the laws but chose to disregard them.
Whether that was due to a misguided sense of compassion,or something more sinister,the article does not offer that information.
Interestingly,it sounds like it was a female doctor too according to the article.
I know Catholics are supposed to be against euthanasia,but personally I am no always against euthanasia because things like severe Dementia can be horrible.
Sometimes a person does retain their personality,but other times,realistically they do become like a “shell”.
It is truly awful for someone to suffer like this.
At the same time though I believe it should only even be self chosen and never ever because of a family member or society (or doctors) viewing them as a burden.
That is truly horrible.
My concern,even with self chosen Dementia though,is the worry that it can set a society that is intolerant to suffering and differences and devalues people with serious illnesses .
Even (actually especially!!) if someone becomes “a shell”, they should still be surrounded by love,helped,honoured and greatly valued.