Supreme Court passes Living will for terminally ill patients.

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Supreme Court sanctions living will in Passive euthanasia. The chief justice of India Dipak Misra approved ‘Living will’ for terminally ill patients today.

The SC said the life support can be removed for terminally ill patients only after statutory medical board declares patients to be incurable.

The Supreme Court said it has laid down the guidelines on ‘living will’ on who would execute the will how the approval for passive euthanasia would be granted by the medical boards.

The petitioner, NGO Common Cause had approached the court to seek a direction for ‘Living will’. The petition said

“How can a person be told that he/she does not have right to prevent torture on his body? Right to life includes right to die with dignity. A person cannot be forced to live with the support of a ventilator. Keeping a patient alive by artificial means against his/her wishes is an assault on his/her body,”

The top court also allowed the person to draft the living will that they ‘not to be put on’ life support if they go into an incurable coma.

In a living will, a person can make a will in advance that their life should not be prolonged by putting them on an artificial support system.

The case was headed by CJI Dipak Misra with other member judges Justice AK Sikri, Justice AM Khanvilkar, Justice DY Chandrachud and Justice Ashok Bhushan.


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