An ethics committee in Italy has allowed euthanasia for the first time in a specific case. As the human rights group fighting for euthanasia, Luca Coscioni, announced on Tuesday, a 43-year-old paraplegic has received a statement from the panel that he meets the “criteria for lawful access to assisted suicide”. Until 2019, euthanasia was punished with a prison sentence of five to twelve years.

In 2019, however, the Constitutional Court issued an exception for certain patients. They only need to be “kept alive” by medical treatment and “suffer from an irreversible disease that causes physical and psychological suffering that they find unbearable, while being fully able to make free and conscious decisions.” .

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