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

Suzanne Ost, Alexandra Mullock

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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 required for an assisted death to be lawful, and the issue of who can lawfully assist. This article 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'. © 2011 Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-189
Number of pages26
JournalEuropean Journal of Health Law
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Keywords

  • assisted dying
  • existential suffering
  • lay assistance
  • suffering from life
  • the Netherlands

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