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Letters Assisted dying

Safe laws on assisted dying are working worldwide

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 09 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4524
  1. David Leaf, lecturer1
  1. 1University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  1. davecharlie{at}

Opponents of voluntary euthanasia often muddy the waters with words and concepts that evoke really bad connotations.1 They are wilful misrepresentations of the facts.

Numerous independent audits of existing euthanasia laws from several jurisdictions have shown them to be safe. The “slippery slope” does not exist. Vulnerable people are less likely to take advantage of assisted dying:

Rates of assisted dying in Oregon …

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