The DGHS Committee for Public Relations has issued a position paper on the current state of discussion in Germany. The committee calls for a comprehensive legal ruling on support for the dying and assisted death. Such a ruling must include provisions clear to every citizen and to all relevant sectors of health, family and law, so that there is no external determination of human life and a person’s will to live. The wellbeing of the patient concerned must be the highest priority for all action, not ideological and/or dogmatic and/or class-oriented paternalism.
Source: Newsletter RtD-Europe, September 2005.