There are some articles that are truly classic — containing cautions that stand the test of time. One such article was published in the New England Journal of Medicine on July 14, 1949.
From the article by Leo Alexander: “[I]t is important to realize that the infinitely small wedged-in lever from which this entire trend of mind received its impetus was the attitude toward the nonrehabilitable sick.”
“Germany’s top court scraps ban on assisted suicide”
(Daily Mail — February 26, 2020)
The milestone decision raised eyebrows by explicitly stating that people have “the right to a self-determined death,” and that the right to assisted suicide services should not be limited to the seriously or incurably ill.
It is also “guaranteed in all stages of a person’s existence.”
“New assisted suicide law could criminalize doctors”
(The Local — Germany — November 6, 2015)
Under the new law, passed with 360 in favour our of 602 votes, assisted suicide remains permitted in Germany, but anyone who turns it into a professional service — with or without payment — faces three years in jail.
In practice, this means that a husband who helps his terminally ill wife to die would not be prosecuted.
But an association or a business that repeatedly offered to help people die would fact prosecution.
“German ethics body rejects organized assisted suicide”
(DW, Germany — December 19, 2014)
The German Ethics Council says it in principle rejects medically assisted suicide in the case of terminally ill patients. But its recognition of some exceptions to this principle has caused contention…..The German parliament is to debate a draft bill regarding assisted suicide in February, and new legislation on the issue is to be passed later in the year.
“Opinion: Doctors as deliverers of death?”
(DW — Germany — November 13, 2014)
Should assisted suicide be legal? Opinion is split, and the German parliament is debating this for the first time.
“Should the sick be given help to die”
(The Local; Germany — January 16, 2014)
[M]inisters from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc, including helath minister Germann Grobe and CDU general secretary Peter Tauber, plan on passing through parliament a ban on all forms of assisted death where money changes hands.