April 18, 2024

Luxembourg legalises euthanasia

After limiting Grand Duke’s power

Luxembourg parliamentLuxembourg has become the third country in the world to legalise voluntary
euthanasia. The other two are its neighbours, Belgium and the Netherlands. A law
published in the official register said that doctors who carry out euthanasia
and assisted suicides for adults or for minors with "terminal illnesses" will
not face penal sanctions or civil suits. The tiny country’s parliament voted for
euthanasia last year, but the head of state, Grand Duke Henri, refused to sign
the law. To get around this obstacle, the parliament rewrote the constitution so
that he no longer has to approve all legislation. He now has a purely ceremonial
role. ~ AFP,
Mar 18