Attitudes concerning euthanasia: Australia at the turn of the 21st Century

Sikora, Joanna; Lewins, Frank
February 2007
Health Sociology Review;Feb2007, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p68
Academic Journal
With rapid developments in life-prolonging technologies and increases in average life expectancy, euthanasia has become an increasingly topical issue. This paper contributes to the euthanasia debate an analysis of Australian attitudes to assisted suicide, active non-voluntary as well as passive non-voluntary euthanasia. Between 1993 and 2002, Australians supported access to voluntary euthanasia of the terminally ill, but had reservations when death was not imminent. The age of patients was relatively unimportant in these considerations. Non-voluntary euthanasia of babies and adults received widespread approval only when particular situations could be defined as 'letting die' rather than 'killing'.


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