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Title: Introduction
Subtitle: Euthanasia in the Low Countries
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 9    Issue: 2-3   Date: 2002   
Pages: 71-72
DOI: 10.2143/EP.9.2.503846

Abstract :
Belgium and the Netherlands are the first countries in the world that have legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide. Since September 23, 2002, Belgian physicians can perform an act of euthanasia without at the same time performing a criminal act. In the Netherlands, the act on euthanasia went into force already on April 1, 2002. This special issue of Ethical Perspectives on ‘Euthanasia in the Low Countries’ offers a forum for critical dialogue on the different aspects of this new legal situation in Belgium and the Netherlands.

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