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Society should accept that euthanasia is a “personal decision,” report says

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7386.416/d (Published 22 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:416
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    No argument against euthanasia can be convincingly sustained, says the author of a new report reviewing 25 years of experience of euthanasia in the Netherlands.

    The strongest and most undeniable argument in favour is the principle of tolerance, according to the report in Legal Medicine (available on line 23 January 2003: www.elsevier.com)

    The report, by Heleen Dupuis of the Department of Metamedica at Leiden University Medical School, cites research data showing that euthanasia accounted for 2.4% of 135 000 deaths in the Netherlands in 1995.

    It says that …

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