Heleen Dupuis

Heleen Dupuis
Member of the Dutch Senate
In office
8 June 1999 – 9 June 2015
Personal details
Born (1945-05-30) 30 May 1945 (age 74)
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Political partyPeople's Party for Freedom and Democracy

Heleen Margriet Dupuis (born 30 May 1945) is a Dutch ethicist, professor, and politician who served in the Senate from 1999 to 2015 as part of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD). Her father was a doctor with a practice out of her hometown of Rotterdam.[1] She began her professional career as a part-time teacher and professor in the 1970s. From there, she worked in the ethics department at Leiden University. She served as chairman of the Dutch Voluntary Euthanasia Association from 1981 to 1985, and has also served as chairman of the Alzheimer's Council of the Netherlands; she cites the death of her first husband from dementia in her support of voluntary euthanasia.[2]

After her time as chair, Dupuis became a professor of medicine and ethics at Leiden University beginning in 1986. In 1991, her title changed to Professor of Medical Ethics, a position she served at alongside her political career until 2003, when she became professor emeritus.[3] Dupuis's political career began in 1999 when she was named to the Senate as a member of the VVD. She served as vice-chair of the Senate from 2007 to 2011. Her focuses as a Senator were on public healthcare and higher education, in particular wanting the budget moved from healthcare to education, as well as a focus on stricter ethics in medicine.[3] She served as a Senator until 2015, when the VVD lost three seats, including hers; she served in an advisory role in healthcare insurance discussions after leaving the Senate.[3]


  1. ^ "Ethicus Heleen Dupuis: 'Ik ben voor een moraal van goede redenen'" (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad. 6 June 1998. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Heleen Dupuis vecht voor de regie over je eigen leven" (in Dutch). plusonline.nl. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Heleen Dupuis: 'In Nederland graait de overheid'" (in Dutch). Provinciale Zeeuwse Courant. 1 May 2017. Retrieved 7 November 2017.

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