Euthanasia Could Become Legal in the Czech Republic

Euthanasia Could Become Legal in the Czech Republic

Czech MPs are preparing to submit a bill that legalizes assisted suicide and euthanasia, reports The law was inspired by Belgium, where euthanasia has been legal since 2002.

The group, headed by university professor Jiri Zlatuška (YES), submitted a draft of the “law of dignified death,” which is largely a transcript of the Belgian version.

The proposal would allow only those who are terminally ill or suffering permanent mental or physical anguish with no hope of recovery to end their lives via physician-assisted suicide.

Assisted suicide is now legal in Switzerland, Germany, Albania, Colombia, Japan, and the US states of Washington, Oregon, Vermont, New Mexico, Montana, and California (where potential patients must prove permanent residency).

In Germany, the law allows both Germans and foreigners to undergo suicide. Likewise in Switzerland. The Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg allow doctors to perform euthanasia under strict conditions, when the patient’s case is assessed as hopeless and when the subject is in great pain.

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Elizabeth Haas

Elizabeth Haas is the editor of She has lived in Prague for 12 years working as a writer and editor of cookbooks and travel guides. Her work has appeared in both Czech and American publications.
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