WHAT IS a PERSON? Edited by Michael F. Goodman and MORAL PERSONHOOD: AN ESSAY in the PHILOSOPHY of MORAL PSYCHOLOGY by G.E. Scott
Molenaar, Jan C.
Bioethics. 1992 Jan; 6(1): 35-40.
It is well-known that in the Netherlands it has for several years been possible to carry out voluntary euthanasia quite openly, provided certain strict conditions are fulfilled. This situation has arisen because courts in the Netherlands have decided that doctors who end the lives of their patients under these conditions are in a "conflict of duties" situation, and therefore should not be convicted of any criminal offence. It has, however, not been known what view a Netherlands court might take about life and death decisions concerning patients who are not capable of giving consent -- for example, infants. This report briefly outlines my experience in the case of an infant with Down's syndrome and duodenal atresia -- a blockage of the digestive system that must be operated upon if the infant is to survive. A decision was taken not to operate, and this decision resulted in the Netherlands courts considering whether criminal proceedings were justified.
Allowing to Die; Case Studies; Congenital Disorders; Consent; Death; Down Syndrome; Doctors; Euthanasia; Expert Testimony; Infants; Legal Aspects; Legal Liability; Life; Liability; Newborns; Parents; Patients; Personhood; Philosophy; Physicians; Prognosis; Psychology; Suffering; Surgery; Treatment Refusal; Voluntary Euthanasia; Withholding Treatment;
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