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Euthanasia is not palliative care, European bishops’ commission emphasizes

March 10, 2016

A working group of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) has published an opinion on palliative care.

The document comes amid discussions on the topic within the European Union’s executive body, the European Commission.

The COMECE working group lauded palliative care but warned that “euthanasia (that is to say, all behavior with the aim of provoking death in order to avoid suffering) does not form any part of palliative care.”

“It is vital to avoid all ambiguity on this subject,” the working group continued. “Intentionally bringing on the death of a patient, even if he asks for it, does not constitute caring for him.”

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