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Luxembourg is to allow euthanasia from 1 April

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 24 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1248
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Brussels

    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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