A Suicide Right for the Mentally Ill? A Swiss Case Opens a New Debate

  title={A Suicide Right for the Mentally Ill? A Swiss Case Opens a New Debate},
  author={Jacob M. Appel},
  journal={Hastings Center Report},
  pages={21 - 23}
  • J. Appel
  • Published 6 May 2007
  • Psychology
  • Hastings Center Report
Advocates for the legalization of assisted suicide in the United States, including those who sponsored Oregon's Death with Dignity Act in 1994 and current backers of California's proposed Compassionate Choices Act, have sought to permit the practice only under highly limited circumstances--namely, when the requesting patient is terminally ill. (1) In contrast, the Netherlands allows physician-assisted suicide in nonterminal cases of "lasting and unbearable" suffering, and Belgium authorizes… 
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