Belgian euthanasia model splits Aussie experts

MJA Insight, Issue 37, 26 September 2016
Author: Sarah Colyer
“GPs in Belgium are becoming increasingly confident about referring patients for euthanasia, new research suggests, as in September 2016 the country approved the first death of a child under its laws. The latest study has divided Australian experts amid renewed clamour for a national vote on the issue. Opponents claim that the findings provide fresh evidence of a slippery slope of widening justification for euthanasia, and of the ineffectiveness of safeguards to avoid abuse of the legislation. Supporters, by contrast, emphasise that the overall rate of deaths is still very low, and say that euthanasia is finding a natural place in palliative care.”
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