Berlin - After the judgment of the Federal Constitutional Court () on euthanasia, 52 statements on possible new regulations have been received by the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG). The screening is still ongoing, as the ministry replied to small request from the FDP.
In order to support broad exchange, one has with associations, professional societies, churches and experts from the fields of palliative medicine, ethics, suicide prevention and Legal studies gained practical and scientific experience. Of the 52 comments received, 30 were sent on their own initiative. The ministry did not provide any further information on the senders.
At the end of February, the BVerfG had the ban on business-like euthanasia tipped - it violates the right of the individual to self-determined death. “Business-like” has nothing to do with money, but means “designed for repetition”. The verdict opens the door to organized offers.
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However, the judges emphasized the possibility of regulation - for example, advisory obligations and waiting periods are conceivable. In its response, the Ministry of Health made it clear that possible new regulation would require careful examination of all requirements identified by the BVErfG. For this purpose, in-depth discussions in parliament and in the federal government are necessary.