German Judge Opens Assisted Suicide Door » Secondhand Smoke | A First Things Blog: An administrative court in Berlin has given German doctors the power to use their own judgment in cases involving terminally ill patients who want to die. The court lifted a physician’s association ban on assisted suicide that included fines of up to $65,722 on doctors who provided their patients with enough drugs to kill themselves.The judges found the ban “too general.” Euthanasia is currently illegal in Germany. However, if a doctor is certain a dying patient wishes to end his or her life, a physician can provide that patient with the means to commit suicide.
Wesley Smith notes that although the aim has been to stop suicide tourism (to Switzerland), it's just encouraging the practice at home.
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