Peruvian Justice Allows Euthanasia Request

A Peruvian court has ruled for euthanasia to be legalized in the case of 43-year-old Ana Estrada who suffers from polymyositis, an incurable degenerative muscle disease.

The Eleventh Constitutional Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice of Lima “orders the Ministry of Health and EsSalud to respect Ana Estrada Ugarte’s decision to end her life through the technical procedure of euthanasia,” it said on Twitter Thursday. 

However, Judge Jorge Luis Ramirez’s ruling did not allow for a protocol to be laid down for similar cases. 

The judgment will not penalize those who will assist Estrada in going through with her request to “die with dignity.”

Mercy killing or euthanasia is punishable in the South American country for a jail term of up to three years.

Meanwhile Peruvian Prime Minister Violeta Bermudez said “I consider that it is a historic ruling, because it is talking not only about the right to life but to a dignified life; all people have the fundamental right to live and but to live with dignity.”

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