Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide: The Dutch and Oregon Models
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In this paper, I will (1) provide a brief overview of basic similarities between how Americans and the Dutch approach dying; (2) examine legally acceptable ways to die in the United States; (3) assess the Dutch experience with euthanasia to date and in particular use empirical evidence about the practice of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide in the Netherlands to argue that the Dutch are in fact on a ‘slippery-slope’; (4) explain why the Dutch experience with euthanasia might be expected to work even worse in the United States, a country that in many ways is vastly different from the Netherlands; (5) turn to the Oregon experience with the legalization of physician-assisted suicide as a possible compromise that may be more appropriate for the US context; and (6) make recommendations based on Oregon’s experience with PAS that will enable other states to craft more careful legislation and therefore ensure stricter regulation of its practice.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2006
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