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The Legal Landscape

L.W. Sumner

in Assisted Death

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199607983
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729652 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199607983.003.0006
The Legal Landscape

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This chapter marks the transition to the second half of the book, dealing with legal rather than ethical issues concerning assisted death. The chapter surveys the current state of the law in three common law jurisdictions that prohibit both forms of assisted death (Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom) and contrasts them with eight jurisdictions that permit and regulate either euthanasia or assisted suicide (the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Colombia).

Keywords: assisted suicide; euthanasia; law; prohibition; regulation

Chapter.  18404 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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