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Philippines considers euthanasia bill

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 07 June 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1641
  1. Claire Wallerstein
  1. Manila

    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 …

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