Legal consensus eludes Europe

February 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;2/3/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 3, p282
Academic Journal
The article discusses Great Britain's High Court ruling on assisted suicide and a television documentary showing a man taking his own life. It is said that a 1961 law prohibits anyone to aid, abet, counsel or procure a suicide or suicide attempt in England and Wales. However, on December 10, 2008, Sky TV aired a documentary on the death of Craig Ewert who has an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The film showed that the patient is drinking a mixture of sedatives and turning off his ventilation with his teeth. It is cited that the Netherlands passed a euthanasia law in 2002, becoming the first country to pass such a law. INSET: Direct v. indirect euthanasia.


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