How should Australia respond to media-publicised developments on euthanasia in Belgium?

Bhatia, Neera, White, Benjamin P., & Deliens, Luc (2016) How should Australia respond to media-publicised developments on euthanasia in Belgium? Journal of Law and Medicine, 23(4), pp. 835-848.

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This article considers the implications that recent euthanasia developments in Belgium might have for the Australian debate on assisted dying. Through media database and internet searches, four significant developments in Belgium were identified: three cases involving individuals who requested access to euthanasia, and recent changes to the Belgian Act on Euthanasia 2002, allowing children access to euthanasia. The article outlines these developments and then examines how they have been discussed in Australia by the different sides of the euthanasia debate. It concludes that these developments are important considerations that legislators and policy-makers in Australia should engage with, but argues that that engagement must be rational and also informed by the significant evidence base that is now available on how the Belgian (and other) assisted dying regimes operate in practice.

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ID Code: 96482
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: End of life decision making, Euthanasia, Assisted suicide, Assisted dying, Belgium, Law reform
ISSN: Lawbook Co
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Criminal Law and Procedure (180110)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > APPLIED ETHICS (220100) > Bioethics (human and animal) (220101)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Lawbook Co
Deposited On: 03 Jul 2016 22:46
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2016 14:16

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