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By David C. Thomasma, Thomasine Kimbrough Kushner, G.L Kimsma, C. Ciesielski-Carlucci

The Dutch adventure with euthanasia is effective for all cultures embroiled in debates approximately its morality. within the Netherlands, medical professionals can brazenly and deliberately finish the lifetime of their sufferers. this tradition inescapably affects the perform of medication all around the international. but for a rustic yielding lots energy in shaping our concepts and guidelines, it truly is specifically harmful to forget its personal struggles with euthanasia. The arguments, legislation, and coverage alterations shouldn't be neglected or misunderstood. with no 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 precious classes from the Netherlands may be misplaced for different nations. This publication for this reason differs from different released books on euthanasia in that it addresses the controversy, 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 reports.

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13. Judith Arlene Klotzo, unpublished manuscript. 14. Sue Rodriquez died on February 7, 1994; the result of a successful assisted suicide. No prosecution followed. 15. See: Sue Rodriquez v. The Attorney General of Canada and the Attorney General of British Columbia. Canada Supreme Court Reports, Part 4, 1993, vol. 3: 603; and Singer P. Rethinking Life and Death. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 1994: 150-1. 16. van der Maas PJ, Van der Wal G, et al. Euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, and other medical practice involving the end of life in the Netherlands.

Chapter One Twenty-Five Years of Dutch Experience and Policy on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: An Overview Johan Legemante Introduction The present Dutch situation with regard to euthanasia and assisted suicide is the outcome of a debate that started twenty-five years ago, in 1973. During this period several developments have taken place. Various aspects of the Dutch situation have been described in the international literature. I intend to present an overview of the developments between 1973 and 1998, by highlighting six main themes: the creation of a legal opening, defining criteria for euthanasia, reporting cases and accountability, legislation, events that have been blurring the debate, and the process of normalization and quality improvement.

2. Leenen HJJ. Dying with dignity: developments in the field of euthanasia in the Netherlands. Medicine and Law 1989;8:517-26. 3. Leenen HJJ, Ciesielski-Carlucci C. Force majeure (legal necessity): justification for active termination of life in the case of severely handicapped newborns after forgoing treatment. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 1993; 2: 271- 4 (especially note 1). 4. Pijnenburg L, van der Maas PJ, van Delden JJM, et al. Life-terminating acts without explicit request of patient.

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