World Medical Association Declaration on Euthanasia (reaffirmed in 2005)

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Year of adoption: 1987
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Euthanasia, that is the act of deliberately ending the life of a patient, even at the patient’s own request or at the request of close relatives, is unethical. This does not prevent the physician from respecting the desire of a patient to allow the natural process of death to follow its course in the terminal phase of sickness.