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Supreme Court reserves judgement on Constitutionality of Euthanasia and living wills

Supreme Court reserves judgement on Constitutionality of Euthanasia and living wills

Euthanasia, on the other hand, refers to the call taken by the family and friends of a patient, who is presumably on life support.

Following the petition, in March 2011, the Supreme Court in its judgement laid down guidelines to process "Passive Euthanasia" in case of incompetent persons.

India has taken the stance of not allowing active euthanasia (where a life ends through the administration of lethal substances).

The bench said SC would mandate that such wills - advance health directives - are executed in the presence of a judicial officer such as a magistrate in the presence of two witnesses.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday reserved its verdict on whether "living will" authorising stoppage of medical treatment to the person suffering from an ailment with no chance of survival can be allowed in India. Such a request would be vetted by a board of medical experts and thereafter the high court would grant or refuse permission for passive euthanasia.

The bench said whatever be the living will, it would come into play only if a statutory medical board, after thorough examination of the patient, declares that s/he has slipped into a condition that would inevitably and irreversibly lead to end of life.

The long-debated concept of euthanasia and living will, which is not allowed in India yet, is now being deliberated by a five-bench Constitution Bench based on a petition filed by activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan, for the NGO Common Cause.

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The Panel will decide whether or not passive euthanasia can be granted to the patient.

He said it is contradictory that the court allows passive euthanasia but does not recognise execution of a living will.

Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha, however, said legalisation of "advance directives" would tantamount to waiving the fundamental right to life enshrined in Article 21 of Constitution.

The present case has sought the enactment of a law along the lines of the Patient Autonomy and Self-determination Act of the United States of America, which allow the practice of a living will, according to LiveLaw. She died four years later.

Euthanasia and assisted suicide are acceptable in 10 countries, including the US, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium.

The government's bill was accessed by News18.

After senior advocates Arvind Datar and Sanjay Hegde placed various facets and aspects linking passive euthanasia to living will, advocate Devansh Mohta placed a draft pro forma of a living will or advance directive by a person specifying the medical conditions when s/he should not be provided further artificial life support assistance. The court's observation that it would kick in only after a medical board rules that a person's condition is incurable ought to be sufficient reassurance for those concerned about its possible misuse. If the patient is above 16 years of age, then consent with regard to such a decision has to also be obtained from their parents or major spouse.


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