J Med Ethics 32:29-33 doi:10.1136/jme.2004.011148
  • Law, ethics, and medicine

Mr Marty’s muddle: a superficial and selective case for euthanasia in Europe

  1. J Keown
  1. Correspondence to:
 J Keown
 Rose F Kennedy Professor of Christian Ethics, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, 37th and O Streets NW, Washington DC 20057, USA; ijk2{at}
  • Received 4 November 2004
  • Accepted 22 February 2005


In April 2004 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe debated a report from its Social, Health and Family Affairs Committee (the Marty Report), which questioned the Council of Europe’s opposition to legalising euthanasia. This article exposes the Report’s flaws, not least its superficiality and selectivity.


  • Competing interests: none declared