Physicians and psychiatrists had to confirm that Marieke Vervoort was terminally ill for her to have access to assisted suicide. The wheelchair athlete says having her right acknowledged has so far kept her from committing suicide on her own.
Marieke Vervoort caused a stir when it was reported that she planned to kill herself after the Paralympics end this weekend. But the Belgian wheelchair racer isn't ready to die yet - and still aims to win one last medal.
For more than a decade a 74-year-old man fought for legal access to fatal drugs for his paralyzed, now-deceased, wife. A German court has now ruled that her extreme suffering should have been taken into account.
What's in a name? A lot if the name's euthanasia. Doctor-assisted suicide has been a legal gray area in Germany for years, leaving lots of room for debate, but serious discussion gets lost in the emotional wordplay.
After a year of debate on the sensitive issue, the lower house of German parliament has voted in favor of banning assisted suicides performed by associations.
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