Doctors at Vatican to debate ethics of euthanasia

Vatican City, a city-state surrounded by Rome, Italy, is the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church. 
“We don’t carry out euthanasia as often as it is asked for,” says Dutch GP Carin Littooji, advocating for assisted dying on a bench usually reserved for bishops in the Vatican.
The World Medical Association (WMA) has gathered at the heart of the Catholic Church to debate its policy on end-of-life care.
The choice of location sends a clear message about the organisation’s position on the controversial issue of euthanasia, according to Jeff Blackmer, the vice president of the Medical Association in Canada.
“It’s like having a human rights discussion in North Korea,” said Blackmer, whose home nation allows terminally ill patients to legally receive medical help to die. “It’s not a neutral environment.”
Source: the local

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