Monday, January 30, 2012

Indian Court Steps Back From Euthanasia Issue

After handing down a very limited decision in India last year, the Court has decided not to get further involved in the euthanasia debate.
Govt not to make law on euthanasia
Almost a year after the Supreme Court legalised passive euthanasia (mercy killing), allowing withdrawal of life support for patients living in a permanent vegetative condition, the government has decided to stay out of the issue and not make any law on the subject.
The Supreme Court in its March 7 judgment last year had specified guidelines for high courts to follow before giving a final go-ahead for withdrawal of life-sustaining drugs and life support systems in cases of patients who are brain-dead or in a permanently vegetative state, after obtaining the consent of relatives and the opinion of medical experts. more

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