Library of Parliament Study on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
"Over the last decade, movements have arisen in a number of jurisdictions in favour of the legalization of physician-assisted suicide and, in some cases, euthanasia. At the same time, there continues to be vocal opposition to the elimination of criminal sanctions for individuals who either assist in or cause the death of a person who has requested that his or her life be terminated. This paper reviews developments in jurisdictions that already permit physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia (or both) in certain contexts, as well as developments in some jurisdictions that appear to be moving toward greater acceptance of these practices. It also summarizes some of the events that have contributed to the debate on this issue."The Weekly Checklist includes a listing of book and serial titles which have been released during the previous week by the Parliament of Canada, federal departments, and Statistics Canada.
The study looks at the situation in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia, Belgium, Switzerland, France and Luxemburg.
An earlier Library Boy post entitled Assisted Suicide Debate Back in the News (May 17, 2007) includes links to many other sources on the topic.