Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Ireland Law Reform Commission Report on Advance Care Directives

The Law Reform Commission of Ireland today published its Report on Bioethics: Advance Care Directives.

The report makes 42 specific recommendations on the topic and includes a draft Mental Capacity (Advance Care Directives) Bill 2009 to implement these recommendations.

An advance care directive (sometimes called a "living will") sets out a person’s instructions that certain specified medical treatment that might be considered in the future is not to be carried out or continued.

It touches upon issues such as refusal of life-sustaining treatment, "do not resuscitate" orders, and powers of attorney or health proxies.

The report stresses that assisted suicide and euthanasia would remain unlawful under Ireland's criminal law on homicide.

The report also looks at the situation in other jurisdictions such as the United States, the United Kingdom and various Council of Europe states.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 8:43 pm


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