In 1992, then 20-year-old Eluana Englaro was involved in a car accident and fell into a vegetative state. Doctors later said her condition was irreversible.
After 16 years, a Milan court has granted her father's request to remove her feeding tube. He claims this was his daughter's wish. However, euthanasia is not allowed in Italy.
Parliament is now asking for Italy's Constitutional Court to review the ruling. Opponents see the ruling as impinging Parliament's legislative powers. Also, prosecutors have appealed the ruling in Italy's top criminal court.