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In his heart, Rick Santorum knows that Dutch people are forcibly euthanized

A few weeks ago, a video circulated online of Rick Santorum claiming that 1 in 20 deaths in the Netherlands are caused by involuntary euthanasia. According to Santorum, elderly Dutch wear bracelets that say "do not euthanize me" and "don’t go to the hospital, they go to another country, because they’re afraid because of budget ...

A few weeks ago, a video circulated online of Rick Santorum claiming that 1 in 20 deaths in the Netherlands are caused by involuntary euthanasia. According to Santorum, elderly Dutch wear bracelets that say "do not euthanize me" and "don't go to the hospital, they go to another country, because they're afraid because of budget purposes that they will not come out of that hospital if they go into it with sickness."

The remark was met with some bafflement in the Netherlands, and a Dutch television reporter recently cornered a Santorum spokesperson to ask about it: 

"It's a matter of what's in his heart. He's a strong pro-life person," press secretary Alice Stewart replies. 

A few weeks ago, a video circulated online of Rick Santorum claiming that 1 in 20 deaths in the Netherlands are caused by involuntary euthanasia. According to Santorum, elderly Dutch wear bracelets that say "do not euthanize me" and "don’t go to the hospital, they go to another country, because they’re afraid because of budget purposes that they will not come out of that hospital if they go into it with sickness."

The remark was met with some bafflement in the Netherlands, and a Dutch television reporter recently cornered a Santorum spokesperson to ask about it: 

"It’s a matter of what’s in his heart. He’s a strong pro-life person," press secretary Alice Stewart replies. 

After all, like the origin of the universe or the existence of a supreme being, Dutch medical statistics are ultimately unknowable — just another of the unresolvable mysteries that have confronted us since the dawn of mankind. Who are we? Why are we here? What are the laws in the Netherlands concerning doctor-assisted suicide? We all have our own beliefs. 

Santorum knows in his heart that elderly Dutch people are routinely euthanized against their will by doctors. He believes this to be true, no matter what the elite media tries to tell him.

It’s the same way I know that one in four Laotians are born with an extra finger and that the most common name in Chad is Chad. It’s just what I believe. 

Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy  Twitter: @joshuakeating

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