Euthanasia: National and European perspectives

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Council of Europe, 2004 - Medical - 195 pages
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In most Council of Europe member states, active euthanasia or assisting a suicide are illegal. The issue is the subject of a lively debate, both in professional circles and amongst the general public, and two countries, the Netherlands and Belgium, have decided to change their laws to enable doctors to bring a person's life to an end if certain conditions are fulfilled. This publication takes a detailed look at the practical and legal situation in eight European countries and the United States, as well as taking stock of the discussions taking place throughout Europe on various aspects of the end of life. The ethical and human aspects of the euthanasia debate are discussed in another publication (ISBN 9287150702).
 

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Contributors
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EUTHANASIA IN EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES
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Denmark The right to selfdetermination
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Georgia Endoflife care
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by Givi Javashvili in cooperation with Guram Kiknadze___
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The Netherlands Euthanasia as a last resort
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not ethically permissible
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Switzerland Defending assisted death
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United Kingdom The illegality of euthanasia
95
United States Euthanasia assisted suicide
105
Recommendation 1418
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Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly Hearing
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