Euthanasia, Netherlands, Canada, Assisted Suicide, Decriminalization, Slippery Slope, Permissive Regime
In this paper, while I will conclude that the Dutch experience should give us some concern about a slippery slope, I will, more importantly, also conclude that it should not give us the level of concern suggested by some commentators. I will argue that it does not provide a basis on which to conclude that assisted suicide and voluntary active euthanasia should not be decriminalized in Canada. Rather, it provides a basis for proceeding with caution and developing a permissive regime that places barriers on the slope and contains mechanisms by which slippage down the slope can be detected (and, thereafter, rectified).
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Jocelyn Downie, "The Contested Lessons of Euthanasia in the Netherlands" (2000) 8 Health LJ 119.