Non-Voluntary and Involuntary Euthanasia in the Netherlands: Dutch Perspectives
Issues in Law and Medicine, Vol. 18, No. 3, March 2003
21 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2003 Last revised: 8 Feb 2009
Date Written: april 21, 2003
During the summer of 1999, twenty-eight interviews with some of the leading authorities on the euthanasia policy were conducted in the Netherlands. They were asked about cases of non-voluntary (when patients are incompetent) and involuntary euthanasia (when patients are competent and made no request to die). This study reports the main findings, showing that most respondents are quite complacent with regard to breaches of the guideline that speaks of the patient's consent as prerequisite to performance of euthanasia.
Keywords: non-voluntary euthanasia, involuntary euthanasia, The Netherlands
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