Passive Euthanasia and Advance Directive: Supreme Court judgment explained


A Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court yesterday ruled in favour of Passive Euthanasia, holding that the Right to Life under Article 21 includes easing the process of dying in case of a terminally ill patient or a person in persistent vegetative state with no hope of recovery.

The Court facilitated Passive Euthanasia by allowing enforcement of an ‘Advance Directive’, which has been synonymously used with the term “living will”. In its judgment the Court held,

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