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Euthanasia: unworthy holding out (neue-deutschland.de)

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Euthanasia: Unworthy holding out

Photo: dpa / Jens Buettner

In principle, passive euthanasia is permitted in Germany. People can release themselves from their suffering with medication. The corresponding law from 2015 only prohibits commercial euthanasia. To prevent abuse, however, each individual case must be examined. This is exactly what the Minister of Health is denying with an internal government decree. Applications for the provision of the medication are consistently rejected, apparently for dubious ideological reasons: the state should not be obliged to assist with suicide, the reasons given.

The Ministry itself is transparent to the outside world, declaring that it will examine each individual case. But that's not true. Applications have no chance of being approved. Nevertheless, the official examination procedure is maintained: The seriously ill applicants are encouraged to submit medical reports and patient data, but the applications are rejected. You have no chance of legally getting the deadly drugs. This delay is unworthy.

A decision by the Federal Constitutional Court in February may bring more clarity as to how far the medication can go. Palliative care professionals and helpers have been unsettled for four years as to whether they will be punished if they make the funds available.

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