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Half of Germans approve of euthanasia businesses

The Local · 6 Aug 2012, 14:50

Published: 06 Aug 2012 14:50 GMT+02:00

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The survey, carried out by pollsters Emnid, found that 49 percent of Germans would be in favour of lifting the ban on privately-run euthanasia services. Just 41 percent said they would be against, Sunday's Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported.

Last week, Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said that she was going to present a redrafted version of the country's assisted suicide laws in parliament.

The new laws would see doctors, carers and close family being able to help someone end their life without facing punishment. Oddly, Emnid found that only 47 percent of the 501 people they asked, approved of this, as opposed to the 49 percent who approved lifting the ban on commercial euthanasia.

But if the law is altered, providing a commercial euthanasia service would still be illegal, punishable by a two-year prison sentence. Euthanasia businesses were outlawed in Germany in 2009, and Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said the ban was not up for negotiation.

But the suggested changes have provoked outcry from critics and sparked a debate within Germany's ruling coalition.

Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger is a member of the Free Democratic Party, the junior partner of the coalition, and members of the main governing party - the Christian Democratic Union - have said the distinction between commercial and non-commercial euthanasia is false and misleading.

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Social Democratic Party legal expert Edgar Franke told regional newspaper Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung that assisted suicide was an ethical issue that party-politics had no business with.

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12:18 August 8, 2012 by Floriansamsel
UncleVanya - please skip the Nazi stigma for once and read the article again, I've got the impression, you just read the title.

The topic of this discussion is not to euthanise disabled persons who are considered as "not worthy to live" like the Nazis did. The question is: do terminally ill people have the right to die and ask a doctor for help? At present, if doctors fulfil this wish, they are accused of committing a crime.
11:06 August 10, 2012 by dusanka
I tottaly agree with euthanasia and its not business at all. Its about terminally ill who are suffering tremendously and who want to be euthanized on account of pain and hearting . There should be a law regulating this field and should be done in presence of 2 witnesses.

To me the most inhumane thing to do is to let people suffer and let them lose all diginity they have. The families of such cases are exposed to so many problems and psychological and physical suffering that many of them end up ill.
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