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Italian nuns refuse to carry out court order in 'right-to-die' case

November 18, 2008

Despite an Italian court's order, the religious who administer a hospice in Milan have refused to discontinue the feeding and hydration of Eluana Englaro, a severely disabled woman whose father won legal permission to end her life. The nuns said that they would not be party to the young woman's "death by hunger and thirst" and would continue to care for her. "If there are those who consider her dead," the nuns said in a letter to the Italian daily Avvenire, "let Eluana remain with us who feel she is alive.”

 


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