Colombia’s highest court extends euthanasia rights to those with non-terminal illnesses

Colombia was the first Latin American country to decriminalize euthanasia, and one of the few in the world where it is legal, after the Constitutional Court in 1997 enshrined dignified death as a fundamental right in the case of terminal illness.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Constitutional Court of Colombia on Thursday issued a judicial decision extending the cases in which euthanasia or assisted death - legal in the country since 1997- to include cases of non-terminal illnesses.

With six votes in favor, the Court's full chamber decided to allow the fundamental right to die with dignity in a medically assisted form for non-terminal patients "provided that the patient is in intense physical or psychological suffering, resulting from bodily injury or serious and incurable illness."

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