More requests for state euthanasia

Cross in a hospital, about dts
Cross in a hospital, about dts
Since the ruling by the Federal Constitutional Court on the liberalization of euthanasia, patients have been trying harder to obtain official approval for fatal substances.

That emerges from the answer of the federal government to a parliamentary question of the FDP, about which the "Tagesspiegel" reports (Thursday edition). Accordingly, since the Karlsruhe ruling at the end of February alone, more than 50 people willing to die have reported to the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) in Bonn.

On instructions from Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU), a declared opponent of euthanasia, all applications are rejected. However, Spahn's stance could soon come under pressure: As the Cologne administrative court confirmed at the newspaper's request, two applicants filed for the first time in June an urgent judicial procedure against the rejection. A first decision on this could be made in the next few weeks. The minister “will have to show his colors in the short term”, expects FDP MP Katrin Helling-Plahr.

If the pending lawsuits are resolved, Spahn could "no longer hide behind the claim that he wanted to wait for ongoing proceedings".