Sensitive and high-profile public policy issues often benefit from being considered in comparative perspective. Here, euthanasia and the right to die are examined in the context of the social, legal, and religious settings of a wide range of countries. The authors employ public opinion data, where available, to illustrate the great disparity between approval of physician-assisted suicide and the general illegality of the practice. Ultimately, making and implementing laws to ensure a responsible right to die-as the U.S. has been struggling with in Oregon, Michigan, and elsewhere-will be informed by experiences in such places as the Netherlands, Australia, and the only country in the world where euthanasia is a clear-cut medical option: Colombia.
Author Biography: Jennifer M. Scherer is vice president of research at the management consulting firm Association & Issues Management. Rita J. Simon is university professor at American University.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
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About the Author
Jennifer M. Scherer is vice president of research at the management consulting firm Association & Issues Management. Rita J. Simon is university professor at American University.
Table of Contents
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|1||Death and Dying in a Historical Perspective||1|
|2||The Fundamental Issues||13|
|3||Euthanasia in the United States and Canada||27|
|4||Euthanasia in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and France||53|
|5||Euthanasia in Australia, China, Japan, and India||75|
|6||Euthanasia in Colombia, South Africa, Iran, and Israel||93|
|7||Toward a Workable Social Policy||101|
|About the Authors||151|