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Wednesday, 11 April, 2001, 09:29 GMT 10:29 UK
Dutch legalise euthanasia

The Dutch parliament passes a landmark bill to allow euthanasia under strict guidelines. The vote by senators legalises a practice that has been tolerated in the Netherlands for many years.


11 April 2001
Medics will have to work to strict rules
Medics will have to work to strict rules

The Dutch senate gives formal approval to a bill legalising euthanasia, making the Netherlands the first country in the world to allow so-called mercy killing.

 The BBC's Samantha Simmonds reports


10 April 2001
Supporters of the law say it enshrines a person's right to die
Supporters of the law say it enshrines a person's right to die

A majority of Dutch people favour the legislation, but opponents call on senators to reject the law and "leave matters of life and death in God's hands".

Rob Jonquiere of the Dutch Voluntary Euthanasia Society and Dr Peter Saunders of the Christian Medical Fellowship discuss the plans.

 Listen to the discussion


28 November 2000
The Dutch Parliament building in The Hague
The Dutch Parliament building in The Hague

Euthanasia has been tolerated in The Netherlands for many years, but remained illegal until the Dutch parliament began the process of legalisation by voting 104 to 40 in favour of doctor-assisted suicide.

 The BBC's Angus Roxburgh reports


15 April 1999
An injection can kill in minutes
An injection can kill in minutes

With almost 4,000 people dying of assisted euthanasia every year in Holland, many doctors work under the shadow of prosecution.

 The BBC's Andrew Burroughs meets a Dutch doctor


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