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Germany: Purchase of Lethal Dose of Narcotics for Painless Suicide Not Deniable in “Extremely Exceptional Situations”

(May 24, 2017) On March 2, 2017, Germany’s Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht (BVerwG)) held that the constitutionally guaranteed general right to protection of personality includes the right of seriously and terminally ill patients to decide how and when to end their lives, provided that the patients are able to form the decision of their own […]

Netherlands: New Regulation on Late-Term Abortions and Terminations of Lives of Neonates

(Jan. 15, 2016) The Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the Ministry of Security and Justice have prepared a new regulation clarifying the due care criteria and medical and legal considerations to be taken into account in performing late-term abortions and the euthanasia of neonates experiencing unbearable suffering and who have no prospect of improvement. The new norm also provides […]

Germany: Parliament Adopts Draft Act to Criminalize Commercial Assisted Suicide

(Dec. 1, 2015) On November 6, 2015, the German Bundestag (parliament) adopted a draft act that criminalizes commercial assisted suicide. (Entwurf eines Gesetzes zur Strafbarkeit der geschäftsmäßigen Förderung der Selbsttötung [Draft Act to Criminalize Commercial Assisted Suicide] (July 1, 2015), DEUTSCHER BUNDESTAG: DRUCKSACHEN UND PROTOKOLLE [BT-Drs.] 18/5373, Deutscher Bundestag website (scroll down to view text of the […]

Netherlands: Precedent Set in Case of Son-Assisted Suicide

(June 17, 2015) On May 13, 2015, a Dutch appeals court in Arnhem cleared Albert Heringa of all criminal responsibility in assisting his 99-year-old mother to commit suicide in 2008. Although doctor-assisted suicide has been legal in the Netherlands since 2002, the case purportedly sought to create a precedent because suicide assisted by a friend […]

European Court of Human Rights; France: Ruling on French Case of Discontinuation of Treatment

(June 17, 2015) On June 5, 2015, the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), in the case of Lambert and Others v. France, held by a majority opinion that the application of the French Conseil d’État decision of June 24, 2014, allowing the discontinuation of life-sustaining treatment to Vincent Lambert, would […]

Israel: Tel Aviv District Court Authorizes Avoidance of Treatment for ALS Patient

(Dec. 16, 2014) On November 23, 2014, the Tel Aviv district court issued a declaratory judgment authorizing the gradual decrease of the ventilation rate of an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patient to a minimum. The court required that the procedure be undertaken only upon the treating physician’s verification beyond any reasonable doubt that the patient […]

Belgium: Removal of Age Restriction for Euthanasia

(Mar. 11, 2014) On March 2, 2014, Belgium’s King Philippe signed into law an amendment to that country’s euthanasia law that would open the medically assisted suicide option to children. (Christian Laporte, Le Roi a signé la loi sur l’extension de l’euthanasie [The King Has Signed the Law Extending Euthanasia], LA LIBRE (updated Mar. 3, […]

Belgium: Euthanasia Option May Be Extended to Children

(Dec. 17, 2013) On December 12, 2013, the Belgian Senate voted to permit euthanasia in cases of children who are terminally ill. The proposal had been approved by a Senate committee on November 27. (Jaclyn Belczyk, Belgium Senate Votes to Extend Euthanasia Law to Terminally Ill Minors, PAPER CHASE NEWSBURST (Dec. 13, 2013); Proposition de […]