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.
Germany's medical regulatory body plans to challenge a court ruling forcing it to decide whether to assist individuals in committing suicide. The ruling has come under scrutiny both in the industry and in parliament.
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.
A child suffering a fatal illness has become the first minor to be euthanized since age restrictions on mercy killings were lifted in the country. Mercy killings have become increasingly common in Benelux countries.
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