Voluntary Euthanasia and the Risk of Abuse: Can We Learn Anything From the Netherlands?
Law, Medicine and Health Care. 1992 Spring-Summer; 20(1-2): 133-143.
...In general, I think it is crucial to be as clear and forthright about the issue of abuse as possible, even if one supports, as I do, the legalization of aid-in-dying. In doing so, one must answer two central questions: 1) Will there be abuse, and if so, precisely what kind? 2) Can abuse of this sort be prevented? It is to the second of these questions that I will be particularly attentive here. In doing so, I shall consider only the possible effects of legalizing voluntary, active, physician-performed euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, restricted to cases in which such help is requested by competent, terminally ill patients with less than 6 months to live -- that is, I shall be considering only what Initiative 119 would have legalized -- but some of the arguments will clearly apply to a wider range of possible legislation as well....
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Battin, Margaret (1992)...In general, I think it is crucial to be as clear and forthright about the issue of abuse as possible, even if one supports, as I do, the legalization of aid-in-dying. In doing so, one must answer two central questions: ...