A court in the Netherlands on Wednesday acquitted a doctor who had been accused of unlawful euthanasia for administering a lethal injection to a patient with dementia, a case that raised questions about the clarity of the country’s law in such circumstances

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Five states — California, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and Colorado — allow the practice, and 20 have considered but not passed legislation to do so, according to the nonpartisan National Conference of State Legislatures. In Ohio, the practice remains illegal. With comments from our Joe Carrese

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Nectome will preserve your brain, but you have to be euthanized first

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“Strict”, “scrupulous” and “rigid”. These are some of the words that have been used to describe the regulation of physician-assisted suicide (PAS) in the Netherlands. But how closely are doctors actually monitored?

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Catherine Sonquist Forest: Aid in dying has been legal in California for a year now. Many of my patients have been waiting for this

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To die together — in rare euthanasia case. They were both 91 years old and in declining health. Nic Elderhorst suffered a stroke in 2012 and more recently, his wife, Trees Elderhorst, was diagnosed with dementia, according to the Dutch newspaper, De Gelderlander

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AJHP’s William Zellmer talks with author, Mark T. Hughes, with the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics, about the ethical issues that need to be considered when providing medical aid in dying

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Our Silvana Barone and Yoram Unguru write, “Euthanasia could be viewed as iatrogenic insofar as it results in an outcome (death) that some might consider inherently negative. However, this perspective fails to acknowledge that death, the outcome of euthanasia, is not an inadvertent or preventable complication but rather the goal of the medical intervention…”

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