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Dutch may relent over euthanasia prosecutions

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 13 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:76
  1. Tony Sheldon

    Dutch government ministers are considering moves to stop doctors facing criminal charges if they perform euthanasia. Euthanasia is currently illegal with a maximum jail sentence of 12 years. At the moment, doctors who carry out euthanasia must report their actions, and only escape prosecution if legal officials accept that guidelines have been met. Now justice minister Winnie Sorgdrager has said that changing the law to include a medical exception is an “attractive idea.” This would require setting up a committee …

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