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Cancellation of the euthanasia of Marta Sepúlveda is made undone

Earlier this month we heard that the scheduled euthanasia for Martha Sepúlveda was blocked by the Colombian Pain Institute (IPS). With the help of Right to Die organisation DescLAB (member of the WFRtDS), Martha filed an action against this decision. The file was based on principles of human dignity, dignified life and free development of the personality. She claimed her right to have a dignified death and not to be subjected to torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.

In the ruling issued on October 27, the 20th Civil Court of the Medellín Circuit ruled in favor of Martha Sepúlveda and ordered the IPS to practice the euthanasia procedure in accordance with the provisions of the minutes of August 6, 2021. The court ruled that the October 8 decision, to cancel the procedure, was done illegally and illegitimately. The court also acknowledged that, as dictated by the act of August 6, 2021, Martha Sepúlveda does meet the requirements established by the current regulations to access legal euthanasia within the framework of the Colombian Health System.

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