Dignity and Dying

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Australian legislation
When euthanasia performed it is classified as an act under legislation and is defined as:
➢ Voluntary euthanasia is performed at the request of the patient
➢ Involuntary euthanasia is performed when the patient doesn’t request it or with intent of reliving suffering, which is defined as murder.
➢ Non-voluntary: When a patient is incapable of consenting to treatment (Ebrahimi, 2012).
In the Australian legal system depending on the jurisdiction murder has a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment, in Victoria and New South Wales both have a maximum penalty, however in cases of euthanasia they are rarely prosecuted but when they are usually results in a lenient sentence (Bartels & Otlowski, 2010).
In the Australian legal system depending on the jurisdiction murder has a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment, however in Victoria and New South Wales both have a maximum penalties, which is at the discretion of the magistrate (Bartels & Otlowski, 2010)
Legalised Euthanasia
Netherlands
The physician must be satisfied without a doubt that the request for termination of life and assisted suicide meets the following criteria. The request to be made independently by the patient, have a capacity to make the decision and have the capacity to do so…
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