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Germany: Assisted suicide OK if patient consents

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posted on Jun, 26 2010 @ 11:39 AM
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Germany: Assisted suicide OK if patient consents


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BERLIN — Germany's top criminal court issued a landmark ruling Friday legalizing assisted suicide in cases where it is carried out based on a patient's prior request.

The ruling came as the court overturned the conviction of a lawyer who had counseled his client in 2007 to stop tube feeding her mother, who had been in a non-responsive coma for five years. A lower court had convicted attorney Wolfgang Putz of attempted manslaughter and given him a nine-month suspended sentence.

The Federal Court of Justice said the 71-year-old woman had said in 2002 that she did not want to be kept al
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posted on Jun, 26 2010 @ 11:39 AM
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I think that having legalized assisted suicide is a good idea. I feel that if someone really just doesn't want to be alive anymore that they should be allowed to go through all the proper channels to make it happen. The person should have to go through counseling and other types of treatment prior to being able to make the final decision.



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