Year: 1990 Source: The Lancet, v.335, no.8689, (March 1990), p.591-592 SIEC No: 20052093

This article debates the attitudes of euthanasia in the Netherlands & Britain as well as the future of the matter. If a decision is made to remove an artificial feeding tube with the intent to allow life to end it is debateable whether this would be considered an act of omission intended to end life & qualifying for a charge of murder. Section 294 of the Dutch penal code states that a person who induces another to die by suicide or assists him is liable to 3 years imprisonment but if he does not die the person is not liable, as it would be in Britain under the Suicide Act 1961. (LC) (9 refs)