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Finnish initiative: Euthanasia initiative on behalf of a good death

The citizen’s initiative to raise the issue of euthanasia in the Finnish Parliament passed the requisite 50,000 signatories in January this year (see the earlier news-item on this site)



The initiative states that terminally ill patients that suffer unbearably and who will die in the near future should have the ability to request euthanasia. An English translation of the initiative is now available here (in PDF).


The initiative shows great support for the legalisation of euthanasia in Finland. Within two months, almost 1,5% of all eligible voters signed the initiative. EXITUS Ry says a positive outcome is not expected before the end of 2017. The political situation in Finland is unstable at the moment.