Euthanasia on demand for ‘completed life’?

The NL Times reports on a proposal by the current Dutch government:

“The Dutch government wants to adjust the Euthanasia Act so that people who aren’t sick, but feel that their life is completed, can end their lives with assisted suicide. This will only be allowed under “strict and rigorous criteria”, the government wrote to parliament. The majority of parliamentarians support the plan.”

There is an op-ed in today’s Chicago Tribune by Willem Lemmens (Belgian philosopher), Art Caplan (American bioethicist), and Trudo Lemmens (Canadian lawyer-bioethicist) discussing what such a proposal signals, and the potential consequences of implementing euthanasia on demand.

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Author: Scott Kim

I am a philosopher and a psychiatrist, and work mostly in bioethics. My current interests are in the ethics of physician assisted death and research ethics.

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