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08/03/2008 02:49 AM ID: 72457 Permalink   

Italian Right-To-Die Case In Courts


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.

    WebReporter: nicohlis Show Calling Card      
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Can anyone explain this:

"Catholic and anti-euthanasia groups have protested the Milan ruling by leaving bottles of water in front of the city's Duomo."

What is the significance of water bottles in this protest?
  by: nicohlis     08/03/2008 02:57 AM     
Because when they remove the feeding tube the person eventually succumbs to dehydration. The water bottles serve as a symbol of this.
  by: xufeelinlukyx   08/03/2008 04:48 AM     
is a painful situation I don't know it also at which I would stick by if her state is irreversible.
  by: vizhatlan     08/03/2008 01:16 PM     
just another example of religion interfering with medicine.
oh lets not give them a quick and painless death, lets let them starve and dehydrate to death.
or let this person with no chance of surviving use valuable resources people alive could use.
i support Euthanasia for the dying.
  by: securityunion     08/03/2008 01:32 PM     
  When my brother in law died  
I'm fairly certain we hastened his demise with morphine. He had been suffering with melanoma for quite a while. I think this kind of unofficial euthanasia is quite common. While he couldn't respond to us to tell us if he hurt, we kept giving him the morphine. When the hospice nurse came by and my sister asked "how can we tell if he's hurting if he never talks anymore?" and she told us that when it got to that point most families just gave them the morphine anyways even knowing it could kill them. That way they knew their loved one would not suffer. So we did. And of course he died. Marckus has been dead for six years now and my sister still talks to the urn holding his ashes. Then again, he's also still getting mail so I guess that's not too odd.

It's always amazed me that we give animals an easier time of things when they're dying than we give people. At least officially...

  by: morgora     08/03/2008 02:07 PM     
  I think...  
that is the best @morgora in the comfort and love of his family!

My partners brother was killed in a car crash several years ago and for some years after his mother was inundated with bills in his name, even the bank kept sending various advertisements no matter how many times, it had been made clear he was no longer here.
  by: captainJane     08/03/2008 06:29 PM     
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