British Politician Invokes Euthanasia Debate in Norway
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The chair of the commission, Labour politician Charles Falconer proposes that patient who has less than a year to live could receive assistance from their doctor to end their life. The retired doctor in Bergen, Jarle Ofstad asks the Norwegian authorities to go even further by legalizing euthanasia in the country.
According to Ofstad, Norwegian doctors already provide euthanasia today, but call the procedure by an alias, «palliative sedation».
“Terminal sedation is performed every day at Norwegian hospitals and nursing homes, and Norwegian and international research show that 70 percent of the people support allowing euthanasia. But lawmakers resist, and very few doctors dare talk about the topic, since the Norwegian Medical Association is strongly opposed to euthanasia. I think we now have to legislate what is actually done, says Ofstad to Aftenposten.
From The Nordic Page 2012-1 Issue