Sunday, May 13, 2012

Argentina: More Patient Rights At The End Of Life

The article title is somewhat confusing. What the Argentinians have done is make clear in law patient’s rights at the end of life.
Argentine Senate approves 'dignified death' law
Argentina's senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a "dignified death" law giving terminally ill patients and their families more power to make end-of-life decisions.
The law passed by a vote of 55 to zero, with 17 senators declaring themselves absent. It passed the lower house last year.
Now Argentine families won't have to struggle to find judges to order doctors to end life-support for people who are dying or in a permanent vegetative state. Getting such approval can be very difficult in many countries, particularly in Latin America, where opposition from the Roman Catholic church still runs strong. more

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