Assisted dying has always been the focus of intense legal battles and controversies. The recent famous controversy the case of Vincent Lambert in France, or that of DJ Fabo in Italy. The act, though weird, is legalized in some parts of the world.
But there are some places where Assisted Dying is legalized.
What do you mean by assisted dying?
Whether it is voluntary active euthanasia or a physician-assisted death, it is Assisted dying. These two types of assisted dying distinguished by the extent of involvement of the doctor. Voluntary active euthanasia involves the physician playing an active role in the patient’s request to die. It is done by supplying an intravenous lethal substance while the Physician-assisted death implies that the medical personnel provides the patient with the lethal means to kill themselves, meaning it’s the patient who asks the doctors to kill.
What is the general picture of assisted dying in the European Union?
As of now, only three countries have approved the act of assisted dying as a whole. The countries include Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. The first two even recognize requests from minors under strict circumstances, while Luxembourg even excludes them from the legislation, meaning you won’t be processed legally if you were the one behind the conspiracy!
While Switzerland, Germany, Finland, and Austria allow physician-assisted death only under specific conditions.
While only under strict circumstances, countries such as Spain, Sweden, England, Italy, Hungary, and Norway allow passive euthanasia. Passive euthanasia is when a patient suffers from an incurable disease and decides not to apply life-prolonging treatments, such as artificial nutrition or hydration.