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China considers voluntary euthanasia

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6982.761 (Published 25 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:761

Two proposals to legalise voluntary euthanasia in China have been submitted by delegates to this year's National People's Congress, rekindling debate on an issue that conflicts with traditional Chinese beliefs. It is the third time since 1993 that the question of legalised euthanasia has been raised at the congress, but this time the subject has received unusually widespread and frank coverage in the state controlled press.

Mercy killing has been a topic of much public discussion in China since a man in Henan province was jailed recently for three years for helping his terminally ill wife to commit suicide. Liu Shabo prepared a cup of pesticide, and his wife, who had cancer, died in his arms. He was cleared of murder—which in China can …

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