Colombia is confused over legalisation of euthanasiaBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7098.1849h (Published 28 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1849
- Alan D Ogilvie
Last month Colombia became only the second country in the world, and the first in the Americas, to legalise euthanasia. Even as the law was passed, however, there was confusion about its constitutionality.
In late May a majority ruling by Colombia's highest court legalised euthanasia when a “patient who suffers from a terminal disease authorises such a clinical procedure, in full use of his mental …