Asking to Die: Inside the Dutch Debate about Euthanasia
David C. Thomasma, Thomasine Kimbrough Kushner, G.L Kimsma, C. Ciesielski-Carlucci
Springer Science & Business Media, Oct 31, 1998 - Medical - 584 pages
claim was that he had faced a conflict of duties pitting his legal duty not to kill against his duty as a physician to relieve his patient’s unbearable suffering. He was acquitted on the important grounds of conflict of duty. These grounds are based on a concept in Dutch law called "force majeure" 4 which recognizes extenuating circumstances such as conflicts of duty. The acquittal was upheld by the Lower Court of Alkmaar, but revoked by an Amsterdam court of appeal. The case went on to the Supreme Court, but before the Supreme Court's decision was issued, the Royal Dutch Medical Association (RDMA) attempted to clarify the criteria for euthanasia that many within the profession already accepted. The RDMA proposed that physicians be permitted to perform euthanasia provided that a set of procedures had been met. Variously stated, the guidelines contain the following central provisions: Voluntary, competent, explicit, and persistent requests on the part of the • patient; Requests based on full information; • The patient is in a situation of intolerable and hopeless suffering (either • physical or mental); No further acceptable alternatives to euthanasia. All alternatives • acceptable to the patient for relief of suffering having been tried; Consultation with at least one other physician whose judgment can be • 5 expected to be independent. Indirectly, these guidelines became the criteria prosecutors used to decide whether or not to bring charges.
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Toward a Dutch Compromise Perspectives from Government Law Medicine and Academia
Reexamining Thou Shalt Not Kill
Structuring the Public Policy Debate
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Creating a Legal Opening 19731984
Defining Criteria for Euthanasia 19731994
Philosophical Objections Based on the Legal Precedents
Human Life is Sacred
Some Possible Responses to Euthanasia
Catholic Healthcare and the Dutch National Character
The Dutch Compared to Other Countries
The Autonomy Emphasis
Reporting Cases and Accountability 19851997
Blurring the Debate 19911994
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The Dutch Position from the Point of View of Public Policy
Euthanasia and PAS Between Crime and Care
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