Luxembourg is to allow euthanasia from 1 AprilBMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1248 (Published 24 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1248
- Rory Watson
Luxembourg has become the third European country, after the Netherlands and Belgium, to legalise euthanasia in certain cases. The new legislation, which is accompanied by a parallel text on palliative care, will enter into force on 1 April.
The law stipulates that doctors who carry out euthanasia and assisted suicides will not face “penal sanctions” or civil lawsuits as long as they first consult a colleague to ensure that the patient has a terminal illness, is in a “grave and incurable condition,” and has repeatedly asked for the right to die.
Within eight days of helping a patient to …
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