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Type: Journal article
Title: Legal standards for brain death and undue influence in euthanasia laws
Author: Pope, T.
Okninski, M.
Citation: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 2016; 13(2):173-178
Publisher: Springer
Issue Date: 2016
ISSN: 1176-7529
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Thaddeus Mason Pope, Michaela E. Okninski
Abstract: A major appellate court decision from the United States seriously questions the legal sufficiency of prevailing medical criteria for the determination of death by neurological criteria. There may be a mismatch between legal and medical standards for brain death, requiring the amendment of either or both. In South Australia, a Bill seeks to establish a legal right for a defined category of persons suffering unbearably to request voluntary euthanasia. However, an essential criterion of a voluntary decision is that it is not tainted by undue influence, and this Bill falls short of providing adequate guidance to assess for undue influence.
Keywords: Brain death; Determination of death by neurological criteria; End-of-life; Life-sustaining treatment; Uniform Determination of Death Act; American Academy of Neurology; Voluntary euthanasia; Undue influence; Voluntariness
Rights: © Journal of Bioethical Inquiry Pty Ltd. 2016
RMID: 0030046758
DOI: 10.1007/s11673-016-9718-0
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