Not just euthanasia: Recognizing a legal positive right to palliative care

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As jurists, doctors, and ethicists are increasingly engaged in the debate as to whether and how to legalize euthanasia as a matter of public policy, less debate takes place on what it is submitted ought naturally to come before, i.e. the affirmation of a legal right to palliative care. In Israel, the draft law The Terminally Ill Patient (2001) includes a palliative care provision. It is submitted that such provision, laudable as it is, appears within a euthanasia-oriented framework and is given too limited a scope. Hence the suggestion that palliative care be given an autonomous role, and be recognized as a positive legal right.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-210
Number of pages8
JournalMedicine and Law
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2005


  • Draft law: The Terminally III Patient (2001)
  • Israel, euthanasia
  • Palliative care
  • Patients' Rights Law (1996)
  • Positive rights

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Law


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