(The Christian Institute)— Plans to allow doctors to end the lives of patients with severe dementia or other degenerative diseases have been proposed by the British Medical Association (BMA).
A recent court ruling allowed doctors to remove “clinically-assisted artificial nutrition and hydration” from some patients with the family’s agreement.
These proposals go much further. The BMA wants to extend it beyond those who are minimally conscious and dying imminently to patients with more common conditions, even where they could continue to live for years.
The document says the rules should apply to patients with recognised degenerative conditions such as advanced dementia, Parkinson’s or Huntington’s disease or stroke patients with “rapidly progressing brain injury.”
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