India’s Top Court Upholds Passive Euthanasia, Allows Living Wills in Landmark Judgment

March 12, 2018

(U.S. News & World Report) – Individuals have a right to die with dignity, India’s Supreme Court upheld on Friday in a landmark verdict that permits the removal of life-support systems for the terminally ill or those in incurable comas. Passive euthanasia, as it is called, will apply only to a terminally ill person with no hope of recovery, a panel of five judges said. Active euthanasia, by administering a lethal injection, continues to be illegal in India.

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