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Protect our End of Life Wishes

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With reference to the proposed "Medical Treatment of the Terminally Patients (Protection of Patients and Medical Practitioners) Bill" of Government of India:

  1. The draft law confuses between euthanasia and natural death. Withholding or withdrawing of artificial life support is not euthanasia. Choosing NOT TO PROLONG DEATH with artificial support measures is NOT euthanasia. It has no intention to end life. It only permits the inevitable natural death. By labelling natural death as passive euthanasia, the Law is insulting the sanctity of the logical conclusion of my life.
  2. The law threatens to invalidate the living will that the patient and her/his family have drawn up. The draft law states that the wishes of the patient will not be binding on the doctors.

Beyond doubt a law covering end of life is required. But it should be logical and ethical. The current draft law under consideration by the Government is neither.

Sign this petition if you AGREE with the following:

  1. In the face of incurable illness, if I opt against futile artificial life support measures like ventilator, it is by no means euthanasia, active or passive. It is only opting for the natural death, the inevitable consequence of life. 
  2. My advance directives / living will regarding the above must have legal validity. Denying it would be violation of my autonomy and of my fundamental right to life with dignity. 
  3. If I opt against artificial life support measures, I have a right to be offered continued medical support in the form of palliative care. 

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Why wouldn't the government let me die in peace...

Don’t Torture The Dying: Health ministry’s draft law confuses between euthanasia and withdrawal of life support



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