Analysing restrictive and liberal approaches towards assisted suicide and euthanasia
The ‘end of life’ issue in relation to assisted suicide and euthanasia is one of our prime concerns and a most widely discussed phenomenon not only in academic and official literature, but also in day-to-day life. Some people, who are terminally ill or suffer from degenerative diseases, choose to end their life while they are competent to do so especially when the hope of recovery fades, suffering escalates and the quality of life diminishes. My thesis examines the practice of assisted suicide and euthanasia in: (a) England and Wales where the practice has been strictly prohibited, but is now in a process of liberalisation. The recent guidelines issued by the Director of the public prosecutions pertaining to section 2 (4) of the Suicide Act 19611, may permit people assisting suicide to disobey the law on assisted suicide.2 (b) The Netherlands, the State of Oregon in the U.S. and Switzerland where the practice is already liberalised under special circumstances. In conclusion, the thesis will discuss liberal regimes to observe which regime would best suit England and Wales position.
AuthorsMatker, Prema S
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