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Friday, 09 March 2018 - 12:05
Indian SC recognizes ‘living will’ of terminally ill patients
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The Supreme Court of Indian has passed an order allowing passive euthanasia in the country.
 
The apex court, recognizing “living will” made by terminally-ill patients who are likely to go into a permanent vegetative state, laid down guidelines for the same, including who would execute the will and how nod for passive euthanasia would be granted by the medical board.
 
A 5-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, added that the guidelines will be in force till legislation is passed by Parliament to deal with the issue.
 
The 5 judges had written four separate judgments expressing their views, but concurred on allowing passive euthanasia and advance directive.
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