Year: 1993 Source: Hastings Center Report, v.23, no.3, (May-June 1993), p.5 SIEC No: 19930611

The author discusses the history of the debate on physician-assisted suicide in Europe. The first such move came in Germany in 1909 when the Reichstag debated a bill to allow incurably ill people to be helped to die by a doctor. Recently, the Dutch parliament passed a bill which would leave euthanasia as a criminal offense unless performed by a doctor in strict conformity to criteria similar to those already in use.