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 Health Ministry has insisted that it cannot "actively support suicide." It goes against a landmark 2017 ruling that found seriously ill patients should have access to the drugs.
A 104-year-old Australian scientist said he resented the fact he had to leave his native Australia to end his life. But voluntary euthanasia advocates are hoping to change that for future generations.
David Goodall expressed nothing but joy before his assisted suicide in Switzerland. The scientist said he wanted to be remembered for fighting for the right to die, but some Swiss fear a suicide tourism boom.
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.
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