Margaret Otlowski tackles the complex and controversial issue of active voluntary euthanasia and argues convincingly for a reform of the criminal law prohibition in common law jurisdictions. Otlowski critically examines the strict legal situation on euthanasia, which treats medically assisted dying as murder, and contrasts it with the position in practice. By highlighting the leniency shown to the few doctors who have actually been prosecuted for assisting their patients to die, she points to the discrepancy between the law and medical practice and argues for reform. The many arguments raised in the euthanasia debate are considered, as are steps taken towards reform in the UK, USA, Canada, and the Netherlands (where active euthanasia in now openly practised).
Related books and articles
The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia By Neil M. Gorsuch Princeton University Press, 2006
Death and Medical Power: An Ethical Analysis of Dutch Euthanasia Practice By Henk A. M. J. Ten Have; Jos V. M. Welie Open University Press, 2005
The Modern Art of Dying: A History of Euthanasia in the United States By Shai J. Lavi Princeton University Press, 2007
Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia in Switzerland: Allowing a Role for Non-Physicians. (Abstracts) By Hurst, Samia A. Issues in Law & Medicine, Vol. 18, No. 3, Spring 2003
Netherlands, First Country to Legalize Euthanasia By Wise, Jacqui Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Vol. 79, No. 6, June 2001
Peer-reviewed publications on Questia are publications containing articles which were subject to evaluation for accuracy and substance by professional peers of the article's author(s).
Confusion between Euthanasia and Other End-of-Life Decisions: Influences on Public Opinion Poll Results By Marcoux, Isabelle Mishara, Brian L. Durand, Claire Canadian Journal of Public Health, Vol. 98, No. 3, May/June 2007
Euthanasia Expands in Europe: Fears of 'Slippery Slope' Proving Justified, Say Catholic Leaders By Luxmoore, Jonathan National Catholic Reporter, Vol. 51, No. 12, March 27, 2015
Euthanasia in Netherlands Is Cautionary Tale for U.S By Fumento, Michael Insight on the News, Vol. 11, No. 15, April 17, 1995
'Padi' Bill Becomes Law | Legislation Lets Dog Owners Challenge Euthanasia Decisions | Legislation Lets Dog Owners Challenge Euthanasia Decisions By Bergen, Katy Sarasota Herald Tribune, March 9, 2016
Win Crew: Why I Want Reg's Law; Widow Calls for Euthanasia Legislation to Be a Memorial to Husband's Death By James, Deborah Daily Post (Liverpool, England), January 20, 2004
'Padi' Bill Becomes Law | Legislation Lets Dog Owners Challenge Euthanasia Decisions By Bergen, Katy Sarasota Herald Tribune, March 9, 2016