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Friday, December 4, 2020

German court ends professional assisted suicide ban

Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court has ruled that the law banning professional assisted suicided has ended.

It claimed that the law was unconstitutional as it removed the right for a terminally ill patient to “a self-determined death”.

The 2015 law penalised anyone who offered assisted suicide as a professional service.

In 2017 another law was introduced by the lower court which stated that officials could not deny lethal medication in extreme cases.

This caused caused even more uncertainty as a result.

Judge Vosskuhle stated that we had to respect the wishes of those wanting to end their lives.

-Sam Fitzsimons

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