Health Ministry issues guidelines for doctors to perform physician-assisted suicide
Monday, 25 May 2015 17:15
An 18-year wait came to an end on Monday, April 20, when Health Ministry
authorities presented guidelines for Colombian doctors to perform
euthanasia. The Constitutional Court ordered them to set the protocols
in a February decision, after declaring the practice legal all the way
back in 1997.
IN a one-room rural schoolhouse an hour’s drive from this city in a coffee-growing region of Colombia, 30 youngsters ages 5 to 13 are engrossed in study. In most schools, students sit in rows facing the teacher, who does most of the talking. But these students are grouped at tables, each corresponding to a grade level. The hum of conversation fills the room. After tackling an assignment on their own, the students review one another’s work. If a child is struggling, the others pitch in to help.