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BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 03 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b904

Italian MPs consider law on advance directives: Italy’s parliament is discussing a controversial law on advance directives that will limit patients’ choices and make it impossible to refuse or withdraw artificial nutrition and hydration. It follows the death of a woman in a vegetative state whose parents obtained a court order to detach her feeding tube (BMJ 2009;338:b574, doi:10.1136/bmj.b574). The woman’s father and 13 other people are under investigation for murder after a complaint from a Catholic pro-life group.

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