Luxembourg parliament passed first reading of euthanasia bill

On February 20, 2008, the Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies narrowly passed the first reading of a bill legalizing euthanasia. The second reading of the bill [PDF] passed in March 2009, making Luxembourg the fourth nation in Europe to legalize euthanasia after Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Internationally, euthanasia is only legal in these four nations and the US states of Oregon and Washington. Some jurisdictions, such as India, permit it in certain situations. Others, such as Louisiana, have worked to ban it in all cases.

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