Volume 9/Issue 1, January 2013
Neonatal euthanasia: a comparative analysis of the UK and Netherlands approaches
In response to arguments that the Dutch and UK approaches are indistinguishable, the Doctrine of Double Effect (DODE) and the Acts and Omissions Doctrine (A/OD) are often cited in the UK context to justify decisions to hasten a neonate’s death without being regarded as active euthanasia. Yet, the A/OD and the DODE fall short of justifying a distinction between active and passive euthanasia. Why is the UK reluctant to adopt active euthanasia as a therapeutic alternative?
MacLure M. Neonatal euthanasia: a comparative analysis of the UK and Netherlands approaches. Infant 2013; 9(1): 26-29.