This Week In The Bmj

Assisted dying: the debate goes on

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 22 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:0-d

A cluster of articles presents various opinions about assisted dying, which will be debated next month in the House of Lords. Branthwaite (p 681) argues that people who want assisted suicide should have the same rights as patients who can end their lives by refusing life sustaining treatment. George and colleagues (p 684) say that legalised euthanasia would leave vulnerable groups open to therapeutic killing without consent. Sommerville (p 686) says that the BMA has adopted a neutral policy to allow parliament to decide. Tännsjö (p 689) presents three moral outlooks and concludes that permitting euthanasia in limited circumstances seems the most beneficial approach. And a Dutch group reflects on a deade of monitoring euthanasia in the Netherlands (p 691).

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