Legal Developments Concerning Active Euthanasia on Request in the Netherlands
Bioethics. 1987 Apr; 1(2): 156-162.
The author describes social and legal developments in the debate over active euthanasia in the Netherlands. There, as in all of Western Europe, euthanasia is a crime. Although the medical profession in several European countries has rejected efforts to change the situation, the Dutch Medical Association in 1984 issued a statement indicating an increased willingness to accept euthanasia under stringent guidelines. Some court decisions have been lenient in applying penal law to doctors acting at the wish of their patients. The Netherlands State Commission on Euthanasia published a 1985 report advocating modification of the Penal Code. [An English summary of the report appears in the same issue of
Active Euthanasia; Advisory Committees; Attitudes; Crime; Criminal Law; Doctors; Euthanasia; Guidelines; Health; Health Facilities; Institutional Policies; Law; Legal Aspects; Legal Liability; Liability; Organizational Policies; Organizations; Patients; Physicians; Politics; Professional Organizations; Public Policy; Right to Die; Standards; Statistics; Suffering; Voluntary Euthanasia;
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