Last updated on: 9/4/2007 | Author:

Jasper Emmering, MD Biography

Research Physician
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“I support legal euthanasia for a number of reasons. First comes the principle of sovereignty of the individual over his own body. Then there is a practical matter: the moral distinction between abstaining from life-saving treatment, palliative sedation and euthanasia is very murky, for me it doesn’t exist at all. Therefore it makes no sense that the first two are legal while the third is not.

Lastly, I think that ‘involuntary euthanasia’ (euthanasia without the patient’s permission, i.e. murder) may very well be more common in countries where doctors can go to jail just for suggesting euthanasia as an option. Of course there’s no data on this, but my common sense tells me that when the doctor is not afraid to ask, you don’t have to be afraid that he’ll do it without asking.”

June 9, 2007 email to

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Physician
  • Blogger, Hollandaise: Home of Total Blogging, Holland, The Netherlands
  • MD, University of Amsterdam, 2000
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?
  2. Is Euthanasia Acceptable for Severely Ill Infants?