German Ethics Council Opinion

 

Dying is an individual process which, as such, cannot be removed from the sphere of the individual’s self-determination. At the same time, however, it involves a range of different ethical obligations, legal demands and religious expectations, which call for thorough discussion and evaluation in all their aspects. The National Ethics Council has intensively discussed the issues involved in dealing responsibly with dying. It has perused a large volume of material, obtained expert opinions, consulted with doctors and other medical specialists, and held meetings in Augsburg and Münster at which it exposed itself to public debate. The outcome is enshrined in the Opinion now presented. Self-determination and care at the end of life continues the examination of the themes addressed in the Opinion The advance directive published in June 2005. The present analysis, in conjunction with the clarification of terminology here proposed, may facilitate interpretation of the recommendations set out in that Opinion.

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IU School of Medicine
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  • German National Ethics Council (2006-10-13)
    Dying is an individual process which, as such, cannot be removed from the sphere of the individual's self-determination. At the same time, however, it involves a range of different ethical obligations, legal demands and ...