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New Zealand lawmakers pass euthanasia bill, referendum next

Nov. 13, 2019 4:26 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand lawmakers on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill to legalize euthanasia, a watershed moment that ended a contentious two-year debate. But the final decision will rest with voters, who will need to approve the bill in a referendum next year for it to go into effect....

Christians, Muslims, Jews unite against assisted suicide

Oct. 28, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Leaders from three of the world's major religions have joined forces against assisted suicide and euthanasia, in a declaration issued at the Vatican. The declaration, backed by leaders of Christianity, Islam and Judaism, states that no health care provider should be "coerced or...

Paralympian Marieke Vervoort fulfills wish to take own life

Oct. 23, 2019 5:50 AM EDT

Paralympian Marieke Vervoort said when the day arrived, she had signed the euthanasia papers and was prepared to end her life. That day came Tuesday in her native Belgium, her death confirmed in a statement from the city of Diest. Vervoort, who was 40, won gold and silver medals in wheelchair racing at the 2012...

Italian Catholic bishops oppose assisted suicide ruling

Sep. 26, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The Italian Bishops' Conference is coming out against a constitutional court ruling that assisted suicide is not punishable in cases when a patient in an irreversible condition is suffering unbearable pain. The secretary-general of the bishop's conference, Stefano Russo, says on Thursday that...

Dutch Supreme Court asked to clarify euthanasia case

Sep. 26, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Prosecutors have asked the Netherlands' Supreme Court to clarify legal matters in a landmark euthanasia case, saying Thursday they want to lay down unambiguous jurisprudence for the future. The Public Prosecution Service said by instituting "cassation in the interest of the...