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Pushing the boundaries of lawful assisted dying in the Netherlands? Existential suffering and lay assistance.

Ost, Suzanne and Mullock, Alexandra (2011) Pushing the boundaries of lawful assisted dying in the Netherlands? Existential suffering and lay assistance. European Journal of Health Law, 18 (2). pp. 163-189. ISSN 0929-0273

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Abstract

Two matters that have a significant presence in the contemporary Dutch assisted dying debate are the nature of the suffering that is required for an assisted death to be lawful and the issue of who can lawfully assist. This paper explores whether the lawful medical assisted dying model is too restrictive in failing to recognise existential suffering, considering selected case studies involving such suffering and lay assisted death. It addresses the question whether the Netherlands would take a trip down a slippery slope if the lawful model of assisted death were extended to cases where individuals are ‘tired of life’.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Health Law
Uncontrolled Keywords: Assisted dying ; Netherlands ; existential suffering ; suffering from life ; tired of life ; accomplished life ; completed life ; lay assistance
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Law School
ID Code: 40039
Deposited By: Dr Suzanne Ost
Deposited On: 11 Apr 2011 08:56
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:04
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/40039

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