The legalization of euthanasia, both in the Netherlands and in other countries is usually justified in reference to the right to autonomy of patients. Utilizing recent Dutch jurisprudence, this article intends to show that the judicial proceedings on euthanasia in the Netherlands have not so much enhanced the autonomy of patients, as the autonomy of the medical profession.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Issues, ethics and legal aspects
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)