German Court Rules “Suffering” Patients Should Have Access to Life-Ending Drugs

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(Deutsche Welle) – Germany’s federal court ruled on Thursday that people “in extreme circumstances” should have legal access to drugs to end their own lives.

The federal administrative court in Leipzig ruled in favor of “the right for a patient who is suffering and incurably ill to decide how and when their life should end” provided the patient “can freely express their will and act accordingly.”

The purchase of deadly drugs in Germany is forbidden, but the court found that the right of self-determination meant there should be exceptions for extreme cases “if, because of their intolerable life situation, they had freely and seriously decided to end their lives” and if there were no palliative-medical alternatives. CONTINUE