Philippines considers euthanasia billBMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7095.1641i (Published 07 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1641
- Claire Wallerstein
The Philippine Senate is considering a controversial bill that could make the staunchly Catholic country the first in the world to legalise euthanasia.
The bill–part of a 16 point bill of patients' rights–has already undergone its first reading, and the second reading will start after the Senate session resumes in late July. It must pass three readings with a two thirds majority and then be ratified by President Fidel Ramos before it can be incorporated into law.
Senate health …