By David C. Thomasma, Thomasine Kimbrough Kushner, G.L Kimsma, C. Ciesielski-Carlucci
The Dutch event with euthanasia is effective for all cultures embroiled in debates approximately its morality. within the Netherlands, medical professionals can overtly and deliberately finish the lifetime of their sufferers. this tradition inescapably impacts the perform of medication all around the global. but for a rustic yielding lots strength in shaping our ideas and guidelines, it really is in particular harmful to overlook its personal struggles with euthanasia. The arguments, legislation, and coverage alterations shouldn't be missed or misunderstood. with out an sufficient portrait of the interior Dutch debate, together with public arguments in addition to intensely own tales - as set forth in Asking to Die - the dear classes from the Netherlands may be misplaced for different international locations. This publication for that reason differs from different released books on euthanasia in that it addresses the talk, because it is at the moment formulated, between Dutch physicians, policy-makers, lecturers, legal professionals, and bioethicists, in addition to households, and it does so utilizing educational papers in addition to own reviews.
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Extra resources for Asking to Die: Inside the Dutch Debate about Euthanasia
In the Netherlands euthanasia is defined as intentionally taking the life of a person upon his or her explicit request. 1,2 These decisions are outside the scope of this paper. The Dutch definition of euthanasia also does not include actively ending a patient's life without an explicit request. 3,4,5 In this paper these decisions are dealt with only in the context of the Dutch law that came into force in 1994. This law, which is predominantly procedural in character, applies to both euthanasia and ending a patient's life without his or her request.
However, both the Second Chamber of Parliament and the Senate passed the proposal. In 1993 the proposal also known as Bill 22572, was accepted. At the same time the more liberal draft law, submitted in 1984 by one of the political parties, was rejected by the Parliament. The new law became effective on June 1, 1994 and is predominantly procedural in character. It does not change the Penal Code. Euthanasia and assisted suicide remained criminal offenses. The law did give a formal legal status to the notification procedure.
Van der Maas PJ, Van der Wal G. Haverkate I, et al. Euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and other medical practices involving the end of life in the Netherlands, 1990- 1995. The New England Journal of Medicine 1996; 335: 1699-1705. 6. See note 2. Leenen, 1989. 7. Leenen HJJ. Euthanasia in the Netherlands. ), Medicine, Medical Ethics and the Value of Life. Chichester/New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1990: 1-14. 8. Ibid. 9. See note 3. Leenen, Ciesielski-Carlucci, 1993. 10. Royal Dutch Medical Association.