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New Zealand Allows Euthanasia for Coronavirus Patients ‘in Some Circumstances’

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health has confirmed that patients {experiencing} the Wuhan coronavirus {could possibly be} eligible for {the right} to a lethal injection {beneath the} nation’s new euthanasia law.

{THE FINISH} of Life Choice Act 2019, {which {arrived to} force last month,|month which {arrived to} force last,} was enacted “{to provide} persons {who’ve} a terminal illness and who meet certain criteria {the choice} of lawfully requesting {medical attention} {to get rid of} their lives; {also to} {set up a} lawful process for assisting eligible persons who exercise that option.”

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{MEDICAL} Ministry {taken care of immediately} a {obtain} clarification regarding provisions of the Act,|

The ongoing health Ministry {taken care of immediately} a {obtain} clarification regarding provisions of the Act,} declaring that “{in a few} circumstances {an individual} with COVID-19 {could be} {qualified to receive} assisted dying,” the Catholic Herald reported  {week last.}

The request for clarification under New Zealand’s Official Information Act {originated from} Henoch Kloosterboer, {editor of The Defender was called by an anti-euthanasia website,} and was worded {the following}:

“Could {an individual} {who’s} severely hospitalised with Covid-19 potentially {qualify for} assisted suicide or euthanasia {beneath the} Act if a {physician} viewed their prognosis as {significantly less than} {six months}?”

The Ministry of Health said that the determination of eligibility {is manufactured} by medical personnel {and may} include a person {experiencing} the coronavirus. Its official response reads:

{You can find} clear eligibility criteria for assisted dying. {Included in these are} that a person {will need to have} a terminal illness {that’s} {more likely to} end their life within {half a year}.

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A terminal illness is {frequently} {an extended} disease where treatment {isn’t} effective.|

A terminal illness is most {an extended} disease where treatment {isn’t} effective often.} The EOLC Act states eligibility {depends upon} the attending {physician} (AMP), and the independent medical practitioner.

Eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis; therefore, the Ministry cannot make definitive statements about who is eligible. In some circumstances a person with COVID-19 may be eligible for assisted dying.

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