Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide policy in the Netherlands and Oregon: A comparative analysis
This article presents a comparative analysis of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide policy in the Netherlands and the state of Oregon in the United States. The topics of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are discussed in the context of the historical setting of the Netherlands and the United States with special emphasis placed on public opinion, role of the courts and the legislative bodies, and opinions of physicians. Major similarities and differences in the laws of the Netherlands and Oregon are discussed. The article examines whether the passage of the law has led to a slide down the slippery slope in the Netherlands and Oregon as had been suggested by the opponents of the law. The article concludes that the empirical evidence does not support the contention of the opponents. However, the author argues that the potential for this happening is much greater in the Netherlands than in Oregon.
Euthanasia, Physician-assisted suicide (PSA), Right-to-die, Socratic death
Patel, Kant. "Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide policy in The Netherlands and Oregon: a comparative analysis." Journal of health & social policy 19, no. 1 (2004): 37-55.
Journal of Health and Social Policy