Euthanasia and Law in Europe

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Front matter

Public opinion polls are easily manipulated when high media profile and often celebrity-driven 'hard cases' are used to elicit emotional reflex responses without consideration of the strong arguments against legalisation. Healthy 75y. Ends Life to Avoid becoming an "Old Lady". Lords bill is a 'blank cheque' to reverse societal view of suicide. End of Life Care Europe.


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About Us Our vision is that every European society will enable all people to live free from the threat of euthanasia, regardless of age, ethnicity, disability, health, or financial or social position. Aims We oppose the legalisation of euthanasia and assisted suicide and will work to repeal existing laws allowing it. We promote the best care and support for vulnerable people who are sick, elderly, mentally ill or disabled. We affirm life through helping people to find meaning, purpose and hope in the face of suffering and despair.

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We will work throughout Europe, and with like-minded people and organisations across the world. Position Assisted suicide and euthanasia are illegal across most of Europe. These cookies do not hold any personal data.

Brussels denies EU rules encourage 'euthanasia tourism'

According to Van den Berg, doctors, when bound by Hippocratic ethics, are morally required to keep patients alive as long as possible a dubious interpretation of the oath and its meaning. But in the age of advanced medical technology, he argued, the ancient creed posed new ethical problems. On the basis of this revised ethical code, Berg argued not only for voluntary euthanasia but also for the involuntary killing of individuals who suffer from reduced quality of life, such as elderly patients suffering from dementia.

But while public sentiment was evolving rapidly—becoming much more tolerant of assisted suicide and euthanasia—the law was slower to conform.

‘My death is not my own’: the limits of legal euthanasia

Despite legal prohibitions against euthanasia and assisted suicide, which had been part of Dutch law since the Dutch Penal Code replaced the French Code Penal in , euthanasia become increasingly common. A turning point occurred in when Dr. Geertruida Postma was convicted of killing her elderly mother, but on such grounds and with such limited punishment that the conviction had the practical effect of giving public protection to physicians engaging in certain forms of euthanasia.

In this landmark case, the criminal court ruled that it was possible to administer pain-relieving drugs leading to the death of the patient provided the purpose of treatment was the relief of physical or psychological pain arising from an incurable terminal illness. The ruling marked a notable shift in the law, allowing the formulation of conditions under which life could be deliberately shortened by doctors.

The minimal punishment and light sentence also sent a clear signal that cases of euthanasia would be treated mildly by the judicial system. The result was that the publicly popular practice, while not yet decriminalized, began to be carried out more regularly and routinely, but without a studied understanding of its prevalence or the circumstances under which it was administered.

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In , the Dutch government set up a Commission, chaired by Attorney General Jan Remmelink, to investigate and quantify what was happening in the shadows of the law. Euthanasia shifted from being a punishable criminal offense to being a matter of bureaucratic form-filing. According to the Dutch Ministry of Justice, of the , deaths recorded in , 3, 2. In , that number had increased to 5, assisted deaths , including 41 assisted deaths for psychiatric reasons and 81 assisted deaths for dementia.

In the number of cases stood at 5,, nearly three times the figure. It deserves to be read on all kinds of levels, surely including the Vatican one. As a study in comparative law, this book is undoubtedly a success. It will certainly encourage other researchers to further analyse the material it presents and engage in the thematic questions the authors raise.

Euthanasia cases in Europe: increasing EU support for sick people and their families

Good and thought provoking chapters address the difficult reflections that spring to mind in this field. Hjort translated by L. Materstvedt , Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforen Written in simple and flowing English, not at all technical or erudite, the book will be a useful source both for the legal specialist and for the physician, for the sociologist or the journalist, as well as any person who wishes to have a degree look at such complex issues.

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