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United States: Montana Supreme Court Holds State Law Permits Physician Assistance of Suicides by Terminally Ill Patients

(Jan. 26, 2010) The Montana Supreme Court has held that Montana law allows a physician to aid the suicide of terminally ill patient. With this decision, Montana joins Oregon and Washington as states that allow the physician-assisted suicide of mentally competent, terminally ill patients. The plaintiffs in this case included a terminally ill patient who […]

Thailand: Procedure for Refusal of Treatment by Terminally Ill

(Aug. 28, 2009) The Thai press reported on August 21, 2009, that the country's National Health Commission Office had approved a draft directive addressing terminally ill patients' right to refuse treatment that only prolongs life. The document prescribes how such patients can write a letter of intent declining the treatment. Before the draft directive can […]

Luxembourg: Right to Die with Dignity

(Mar. 2, 2008) In February 2008, the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies adopted the Law on the Right to Die with Dignity. The Law covers both euthanasia and physician-assisted suicides. A physician who performs euthanasia or assists in a suicide must ensure that: the patient is legally competent at the time of his request; the patient […]