Active Euthanasia in the Netherlands
de Wachter, Maurice A.M.
JAMA. 1989 Dec 15; 262(23): 3316-3319.
A Dutch bioethicist discusses the status of voluntary, active euthanasia as it is practiced currently in the Netherlands, and traces the medical, legal, and public policy developments in the issue from the early 1970s to the late 1980s. While Dutch courts have allowed physicians to practice euthanasia under certain strict conditions, legally the act is a criminal offense and carries the risk of prosecution. De Wachter emphasizes that many questions about active euthanasia remain unresolved, and maintains that the several thousand deaths by euthanasia believed to take place each year in the Netherlands occur without a moral, social, legal, and medical framework. (KIE abstract)
Active Euthanasia; Advisory Committees; Attitudes; Conscience; Criminal Law; Consultation; Euthanasia; Government; Government Regulation; Health; Health Personnel; Hospitals; Institutional Policies; Judicial Action; Law; Legal Aspects; Legislation; Methods; Organizational Policies; Organizations; Pain; Physicians; Professional Organizations; Public Policy; Referral and Consultation; Regulation; Right to Die; Risk; Standards; Statistics; Voluntary Euthanasia;
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